Wetherspoons plans to open a hotel and rooftop bar above its Bright Helm pub in West Street, Brighton.
And it also wants to create another bar on the roof, complete with hoists to deliver food from the kitchen, and a permanent smoking shelter.
The application states: “This will … provide much needed hotel bedrooms in accordance with Brighton and Hove City Council planning policy to encourage tourism, and to bring wealth to the city economy
It adds: “A continuing difficulty with these premises in that they do not have any beer garden area, resulting in smoking customers congregating around the main ground floor entrance.
“This can be overcome by use of the permanent fixed external smoking shelter at roof level.”
Wetherspoons operates more than 30 hotels at locations across the country but this would be the first one to open in Sussex.
As you’d expect from the no-nonsense chain, prices are priced at the lower end of the market, starting at £39 a night.
It says only one of the existing flats above the West Street pub is currently occupied.