A West Norfolk hotel is hoping to improve its village-based facilities and create a permanent home for its popular outdoor, street food dining experience.

A planning application has been submitted to West Norfolk Council for the improvements at The Ffolkes at Hillington.

Proposed is a new building to replace temporary structures which currently host the successful FEAST street food dining experience, and also create five new self-contained cabins, make alterations and extension to the courtyard hotel rooms, alteration to the stables function room courtyard and allow for car parking provision.

Documents submitted with the application state the proposed development aims to “expand the customer experience and diversify”  in a “post-Covid world”.

The documents also state the success of FEAST has helped the hotel “maintain a level of footfall required to keep the business afloat” and at the same time, has provided local and independent food and drink retailers with a place to trade to the public.

The Ffolkes is a 300-year-old, Grade 2-listed coaching inn and listed building consent is also being sought.

The business employs 40 people and the application explains since it was purchased in 2017, it has undergone a £3.5m investment to refurbish and renovate the building, site and facilities.

The plan also includes covering the existing children’s play area within a new structure as an all-year-round attraction for under 12s, and creating a nine-hole adventure golf course.