A SECTION of a Bradford pub could be turned into a car sales showroom if new plans are approved.

Bradford Council has received a planning application to split the Hand and Shuttle pub on Tong Street into two businesses.

The pub will be retained, but a single storey section of the building and much of the car park would be converted into a car sales business and forecourt.

The application has been submitted by T Khan, and says the car dealership would be surrounded by a 2.4 metre high fence.

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Access to the car sales area would be by Melford Street which the applicant will re-surface as part of the plans.

Parking for the pub would be behind the building, with access via Rook Lane.

The application says: "The proposed conversion will bring with it employment, business rates and a general improvement to the visual aesthetic of the area."

A similar application was approved in 2012, but was never implemented and has since lapsed.

A decision on this application is expected in the New Year.