An application to revamp an historic Weymouth quayside pub, the Old Rooms Inn, has won support from both officials and the public.

When the deadline for comments on the scheme closed at the end of last week all were in favour of permission for an external and internal make-over at the Cove Row premises.

Owners Greene King say the building has become ‘tired’ and needs freshening up, which they say will be in keeping with the existing building and the surrounding area.One council officer had requested that when the work is carried out thought should be given to further protection for the building from flood risk with the council’s conservation officer reminding the owners about the need to preserve the building’s character.

Weymouth town councillors supported the application in making no comment, other than to ask that the officer comments were kept in mind.

The company’s refurbishment will include; new planters, re-cladding an existing fence with new feather edge boards, altering and adapting the existing bar servery, creating a new door opening, the removal of an existing modern screen and installation of a new fixed seat.

Some walls in the bar servery area will be removed and new walls added to create a new access to the glass wash area and to extend the existing back bar counter.

The building was originally a private home before being used as the Assembly Rooms until 1785 when a replacement was built. The Duke of Gloucester is said to have taken tea in the building during 1771.

The application is expected to be decided at officer level under delegated powers.