PLANS have been put forward by boxer Martin Murray to turn a former stationery shop into a pub.

Proposals seek to convert the former Cartridge World on Duke Street, St Helens and also add a single-storey extension to the rear to create a beer cellar and disabled toilet.

The pub would create two full-time jobs and five part-time roles, plans say.

The application says: "The existing building was originally laid out as a shop at ground floor level, which last traded several years ago as Cartridge World, with a flat at first floor level.

"The building is in a very poor state of repair and requires significant investment to bring it back into use".

It added the applicants have "received no interest in the shop from potential tenants" and have "therefore decided to invest themselves and create a new business to operate the public house and thereby take occupancy of the vacant building, whilst also making a significant financial investment to fully refurbish the building and bring the building up to modern standards".

Minor external cosmetic works are proposed to the external appearance of the building but should permission be granted, it is likely that further improvement works will then be considered to the existing shop front, signage and lighting.

Plans are on consultation until Wednesday, February 27.