A Weymouth pub could be converted to eight flats with a communal kitchen and the cellar being used as a shared store and bike space.

A change of use application has been submitted for The Rodwell, on the corner of Rodwell Road and Franchise Street, on Boot Hill.

In the application to Dorset Council an agent for the owners says: “The public house as a business barely breaks even and on many occasions the owners have to help fund the business.”

The grade 2 listed building is mid 19th century and was once a hotel. The application says that there will be no material changes to the exterior: “All windows are to remain and overhauled where necessary in order to be able to use...The works will enable the building to be used whilst not detracting any value from the property.

“The aim is to be respectful to the quality of the area whilst updating and adding to the building in a style appropriate to the age using current materials and techniques.”

The decision is expected to be made by a planning officer and is open for comment until July 2.

* The Echo reported last October how the pub was set to close amid a plan to convert it into flats. This original application was submitted to Weymouth & Portland Borough Council