An eight-bed annex could be added to a historic hotel to help secure its future.

The White Lion in Wisbech has previously been granted planning permission to extend its accommodation, most recently to build a six-bed annex on part of its car park.

Now the South Brink business, which dates back to 1850, has submitted fresh plans for a two-storey extension containing eight en-suite rooms on the same site. 

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A planning statement concludes: "The White Lion is an important feature in Wisbech both in terms of its location on South Brink and in relation to its function as one of the only town centre hotels in the town.

"It has however suffered a period of reducing activity and viability, such that new investment is required.

"The inward investment is considered necessary to secure the long-term future of the White Lion as a Wisbech institution."