PROPOSALS to demolish a bed and breakfast in Highcliffe and replace it with 18 two-bed flats have been given the green light.

The plans for The Rothesay in Lymington Road have been approved by Christchurch Borough Council planners.

The development, which was put forward by the hotel's proprietors, will see the clearance of buildings currently on the site, with a two and half storey residential premises going up in their place.

A previous application to deliver a residential apartment scheme on the site was refused by the local authority in July 2017.

However, a council officer found the latest scheme abided by planning policies.

The hotel, which has 15 bedrooms and an heated swimming, is closed for seven months of the year.

A statement about the redevelopment plans submitted on behalf of the applicants said: "The layout of the scheme is intended to create a high quality residential scheme in a sustainable location close to a range of local amenities and services."

The Grade II listed wall at the front of the plot was severely damaged after a car crash last August.

Work to repair it has been prolonged due to the structure's historic status as part of the former boundary wall of Highcliffe Castle.

The owner of The Rothesay, Michael Finlay, said he wanted the wall repaired as soon as possible as bookings are being taken for this summer.