A FORMER golf shop could see a new lease of life as plans are submitted to convert the building into a place fit for visitors to enjoy on their holidays.

Set in the grounds of the popular Keswick Golf Club, at Threlkeld, the proposal suggests turning the closed shop into a self-catering holiday let.

The 42 sq metre space would include a porch, open-plan kitchen and living area, bathroom and one bedroom.

Explaining how the conversion would benefit the golf club in the design and access statement submitted to the Lake District National Park Planning Authority, a spokesman said: "The proposal will allow the applicants to secure an income from the building all year round.

"This will be particularly helpful during the winter months when changeable weather conditions can often reduce visitor numbers.

"Alongside [this], the use of the building as a holiday let will allow the applicants to enhance the marketing of the Golf Club to visiting golfers with the option of on-site accommodation."

They added that the holiday let would increase the range of tourist accommodation, helping to boost the Keswick's economy due to bringing more visitors to the town.

No additional parking spaces will be created for the cottage, with just one available to the building currently, and the only changes made to the outside of the structure will be filling in two windows.

For more details, visit www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/planning.