WILTSHIRE councillors will debate whether to allow a country pub to be turned into a five-bedroom house this week.

The Trotting Horse Pub, south of Royal Wootton Bassett, served its last pint in September 2016, but could be refurbished to create a luxury home.

The change of use was recommended by planning officers however the local parish and Wiltshire councillors are worried the project will mean the loss of a community asset.

Numerous owners have tried to make the pub profitable since 2013, all without much success.

A spokesperson for Clyffe Pypard Parish Council said the pub had failed because of poor management but was valued by the rural community.

"The parish council is opposed to the application for change of use at the Trotting Horse Pub," they said.

"When it was open, local residents did their best to support the pub, but the management was so chaotic, few wished to repeat their experience."

The Northern Area Board Planning Committee will meet at 3pm in the Wiltshire Council chambers in Chippenham.