An 18th century pub in Cornwall could be converted into six homes if planning permission goes ahead.

An application has been received to convert the 12-guest room Fourways Inn pub and hotel at St Minver, near Wadebridge, into a mix of homes – a studio flat, three two-bedroom houses, one three-bedroom house and a four-bedroom house.

The existing building is understood to date back to the 18th century in parts. It comprises a collection of buildings all interlinked together. The most recent use of the building is a pub/hotel with up to 12 rooms for guests.

Planning documents put together by V&L Architects on behalf of the applicants state that the plan is to create six residential units within the existing fabric of the building.

It states: "Fourways Inn is located in the village of St Minver, on a prominent corner plot. The building has a distinct character, with white painted stone walls and a slate roof.

"The existing building is currently used as a pub and restaurant with eight en suite rooms. There is a further two bedroom cottage and a two bedroom apartment.

"The inn has been extended over the years to extend the accommodation. The proposal preserves the character of the existing building.

"To the rear of the building, the proposal removes an area of flat roof extension and creates new openings at ground floor only."

Pre-application advice received from Cornwall Council's planning department concluded that "the change of use of the building for residential development could potentially be encouraged," while adding: "The building known as Fourways Inn is a prominent building in the street scene carrying a lot of local history and minimal external changes would be considered most appropriate."

In the application for full planning permission, the architects add: "Fourways Inn is a beautiful character building, and a recognised building within the village. We feel that the proposal to retain the look and character of the building in it’s entirety, to provide additional residences in an area which has significant targets still to be met, should be considered as ‘Sustainable Design' and looked on favourably by the Local Authority.

"The applicant is keen to provide good quality accommodation for the community and preserve the character of the village."

More details of the application can be found on the planning portal of Cornwall Council's website, under reference PA24/00722.