Plans have been unveiled to build three environmentally-friendly homes within land surrounding a Grade II*-listed pub.
The historic building is a survivor of the 17th to 18th century and remains a pub and restaurant to this day.
A statement, submitted as part of the application, said: “It is proposed to construct three low energy, low carbon built houses within the curtilage of the Abbey Inn site, set down so as not to affect the site line of the pub from the Abbey Green Road.
“The existing main access would be used, with parking to the rear of the properties.
“The houses would be built at the lower end of the site, which currently forms a grassed area or driveway and some car parking.
“This part of the property was substantially altered in around 1965 by a local brewery who created the driveway and car park, but is now part lawned.
“To achieve this, the original bowling green was infilled and removed, along with the surrounding English yew trees.
“The properties would be set below the level of the Abbey Inn by stepping the build, or preferably digging out the infill, which would mean that only the upper floor/roof line would be seen, similarly to the cottages down the road.
“They would sit off the south east corner of the Abbey Inn site, and as such, would not be directly in front. They would have little or no visual impact from the south to north views, or the neighbouring property due to the low height and siting.”
The applicants also hope to refurbish the inn itself and ensure the conservation of the listed building.
In the car parking area, there would be 20 spaces, including disabled parking. Each proposed home would also have two parking spaces.
And a garden area would be created by the pub, with outdoor and tables.
The design and access statement adds: “The existing floodlights would be replaced with low level lighting. The reinstatement of the yew trees lining the western boundary is proposed. The petanque court would be retained and relocated to ensure recreation of a bowling nature is continued upon this historic bowling site.
“The self-catering holiday let would be improved and upgraded. The remaining tipped rubble to the rear of the holiday let would be removed and the land regraded. These proposals would create employment for the local area and provide a future for the inn.
“The construction and sale of the houses would provide the capital to enable Mr and Mrs Wilby to preserve the listed building, as well as improve the inn externally and internally, bringing tourism to the heart of the Staffordshire Moorlands. “
It is expected that a decision by planners will be made within the next eight weeks.