Plans are being made for the former Railway pub in east Ipswich.

A planning application has been submitted to Ipswich Borough Council for a two-storey extension, a new shopfront, as well as a change of use for the site in Foxhall Road.

The vacant pub will become three flats, to be used for staff and the building's owner, and a new pub-restaurant, if the application is approved.

According to application documents, the western extension will house two flats and the north-eastern extension will become a garage and pub storage room.

The building will be extended on to the side and rear, including a fire escape as well as internal renovations.

The listed building was built in 1877, once upon a time serving the community as the Railway Hotel, with a connection to the railway industry, with its previous tramway depot and stables for horse-drawn trams.

The changes are expected to create seven new employee positions.

The former landlords of the pub, Steve and Sue Preston, announced that the venue would not be reopening after Covid restrictions were lifted in 2020 and it was later sold to a London buyer.