Major plans have been lodged for a new £4million JD Wetherspoon hotel on Ilfracombe seafront.

The proposal would see a 38 bedroom hotel built in the car park of the Admiral Collingwood, next to the current pub.

A planning application submitted to North Devon Council says the new hotel would create 15 jobs.

It follows the arrival of the pub and restaurant chain to the seaside town in 2014, after a lengthy £3.45million redevelopment of the former Collingwood Hotel site.

The company had originally planned to redevelop the old Victorian building into a new hotel and restaurant when it was acquired in 2007.

This was revised to just a pub and restaurant after the building was struck by fire, and the old hotel demolished in 2012.

A statement with the new plans says a ‘sympathetic design’ will reflect the ‘timelessly classic’ white town houses of the local area.

The development will also feature new public spaces and pedestrian routes.

Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “ Our Ilfracombe pub is extremely popular and we are keen to add a hotel to the site.

“We believe this will be a great asset for the pub as well as for the town itself.

“We also believe the proposed £4 million investment will act as a catalyst for other businesses to invest in Ilfracombe.”