PLANS to build a restaurant and bar close to Wirral's St John’s Hospice are being fought by the hospice’s trust.

Pub chain Greene King has submitted an application to build a new “Farmhouse Inn” on the site of nearby car showroom in Bebington.

But the trust board of Wirral Hospice St John’s says the bar would be less than 50 metres away from patients on wards.

They say the development would lead to an increase noise and disturbance for terminally ill patients.

A letter from the board to council planners states: “It is proposed the restaurant will be open from 7am to 11pm, so there will be a lot of additional traffic and noise at all times of the day, including early morning and late night deliveries and waste collection.

“Our main concerns are it could lead to a significant increase in activity and noise. Traffic congestion and safety for all concerned.

“We are also concerned about the security of our building and safety of our staff, patients and families, especially at night.

“Possible future developments that would affect the hospice could include, for example flashing signs, speakers on patio, large parties, spotlights, special events barbeques, change to a public house.”

Car dealership Drayton Motors confirmed plans had been submitted but said that, as the application process was at an early stage, they would not comment further.

A Greene King spokesman said: “We have submitted a planning application to build a new Farmhouse Inn in Clatterbridge, which would bring approximately 70 full and part time jobs to the local area.

“Our Farmhouse Inns have earned a reputation for having warm and welcoming environments, and serving much-loved carveries, cask ales and homemade cakes.

“We are proud to be responsible retailers and are happy to discuss any concerns about this proposal.”

The hospice is inviting supporters to write a short letter of objection to planners.

These can be left at the hospice’s main reception and will be forwarded to the town hall. Closing date for objections is next Monday, March 24.