A pub in Penzance has applied to put four glamping pods in its garden to contribute to the “general vibrancy of the town”.

The Pirate Inn at Alverton Road proposes providing four self-contained pods on a grassed area with allocated parking within the main car park. The area is located away from the pub and the main beer garden area.

The pods would be solar powered and would meet a perceived need for holiday accommodation in Penzance with off-road parking, according to the applicant.

The pub currently has three B&B rooms, and this proposal will increase the facility to seven, thereby increasing the level of employment for staff within the pub by the equivalent of three full-time roles.

The project has been awarded provisional grant funding, subject to planning approval, by the Penzance Town Deal.

A design statement says The Pirate Inn is an important social hub for the residents of Alverton Estate and the town as a whole. “Through the year we host quiz nights, charity events, wakes and sports teams with many links to other businesses in the town.

"Local employment opportunities in the area are very limited so when we employ young people locally they tend to grow in confidence and progress from KP to chef or waiting staff and then bar staff when they turn 18.

“We are exploring the introduction of other business links such as fishing trip vouchers with each stay and also a gourmet weekend voucher across three other restaurants that do not have accommodation on site. These will all contribute the general vibrancy of the town.”

For more details see PA23/08759 https://planning.cornwall.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=S36YZFFGJS400&activeTab=summary