Weymouth is a step closer to getting a new pub as councillors raised no objections to plans to renovate an empty space in the town centre.

The Grade II listed building at 62 St Thomas Street - formerly the site of Retina nightclub - is the subject of a planning application from Marstons Brewery.

As previously reported, the site is expected to be reopened as a pub called 'The River Wey' and has already had signage approved.

Previously the premises has traded as Level Z, Dolce Vita, Que Pasa and The Toad at The Bank.

Members of the planning committee at Weymouth Town Council were presented with the brewer's plans to refurbish the interior of the building.

If approved, the refurbishment will include a removal of the main staircase, installation of two new booth seats, new carpet, new wood flooring and a new counter.

The exterior of the building would also be painted grey.

Cllr Lucy Hamilton, chairman of the planning committee, said: "I would like to welcome this as it is being looked after.

"We should welcome the maintenance of this building."

Martin Eldridge submitted a neutral comment on the application's online planning portal.

He said: "As yet I can't see a sign above the property on the plans outside above the pavement. But if they do install one to light up the establishment name can the manager ensure that it's turned off every night at time of closing, also that it has a cover over the top so the light shines downwards and doesn't shine into our property."

The decision by the committee to raise no objection was unanimous and the application will now go to the next stage of the planning process, with the final decision to be made by Dorset Council.

Marston's currently already operates five other public houses in the Weymouth area – the Admiral Hardy on Chickerell Road, Boot Inn on High West Street, Wellington Arms on St Alban Street, Nothe Tavern on Barrack Road and Chapelhay Tavern on Franchise Street.