A POPULAR Chinese and Thai restaurant has made a new bid for on-site accommodation

The Maypole in Tiptree has submitted plans to Colchester Council for a self-contained accommodation unit on the site.

The restaurant in Messing Road is applying for a Lawful Development Certificate.

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Restaurant: Maypole Chinese and Thai RestaurantRestaurant: Maypole Chinese and Thai Restaurant (Image: Google)

The application says there have been two one-bedroom bedsit studios to the rear of the restaurant since December 1998.

The existing units are visible to the public from New Road, down the side of the restaurant.

Maldon and Burnham Standard: Units: view of the accommodation units from New RoadUnits: view of the accommodation units from New Road (Image: Google)

A previous application to build two three-bedroom chalet bungalows was refused by Colchester Council in October 2023.

The council described the plans as appearing to be “cramped and contrived”, and at risk of harming the Grade II-listed former pub.

Colchester Council will have the final say on the plans.