A POPULAR Dorset village pub is seeking to add caravanning and motorhomes to its menu.

The pub says the 11 bays, with electric hook-ups, a communal shower and toilet block will help it remain viable.

Dorset Council planners are being invited to approve a planning application for the changes in a field behind the Green Man at Kings Stag on the road between Dorchester and Sturminster Newton.

Public comments on the proposals for the hay meadow site, with access off the car park, are being invited by the end of November.

Planning documents suggest that an extra ten parking spaces will be provided by the changes with a crushed tarmac roadway added to the site and the bays created with compacted stone with a gravel top.

Much of the energy for the hook ups on the site will come from the thirty solar panels already in place on the roof of the pub with rainwater from the toilet and shower block roof being collected in a water butt and used in the pub garden.

The planning application says that none of the existing hedges or trees will be affected by the development with local businesses used, where possible, should the plans gain approval.