THE OWNERS of a historic Lake District hotel have been given the go-ahead to extend their restaurant, but it will mean fewer bedrooms at the Sun Hotel in Coniston.
The plans will see a kitchen annexe at the hotel demolished in order to create a single larger kitchen, along with more toilet and office space in the form of lean-tos to the rear courtyard.
The hotel - in which speed ace Donald Campbell planned his world record attempts on Coniston Water - would be altered internally to provide more restaurant space and fewer bedrooms.
National Park Planning Officer Ben Long agreed the hotel was an important and distinctive building in Coniston and that the kitchen extension would be visible from a distance from the main village street and from the lane leading up to the hotel, as well as from within its car park and grounds.
He added that the new elevation of the kitchen would be simple and rendered and would not distract attention from the principal building, he said.
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