A planning application has been submitted for the Farmer’s Arms pub in Woolsery.

Last year, internet power couple Michael and Xochi Birch ‘saved’ the Grade II listed pub when they bought it and announced their intention to restore it to its former glory.

The American couple founded and later sold Bebo for $850million, and have already re-opened the village’s fish and chip shop.

Woolsery Parish Council chairman Robin Edmonds said the council was planning a meeting for early December, but didn’t expect much opposition.

“The general feeling around the residents is it’s not contentious and they are looking forward to the pub being restored to its former glory,” he said.

The pub will receive a significant facelift if permission is granted – including a roof re-thatch and new timber frames for the windows and entrance.

Inside, the modern 20th century stairs and entrance lobby will be removed and the opening between the farmer’s and public bars will be filled in.

The flat-roofed outbuildings will also be replaced.

Mr and Mrs Birch have also bought the manor house opposite the pub and are expected to table plans for its renovation in the new year.

To view the plans online look for 1/1148/2015/lbc at http://publicaccess.torridge.gov.uk/online-applications