A town will be getting its very own micro pub after plans get the green light.

The change of use application from an office space to a micro pub at Axminster Train Station was approved by planners at East Devon District Council.

It will specialise in real ale, real cider and artisan beers from microbreweries within the south west - with limited serving of wines, coffee and tea - and no hot food will be served, but there will be a selection of bar snacks.

There will be no music, TVs or gaming machines, but ‘the occasional acoustic set to promote local talent’.

The micro pub will have a maximum capacity of 30 people and will offer one full-time job with two part-time vacancies.

The design and access statement states: “The nearest micro pub to Axminster is The Hat in Seaton. The business proves to be a great success in the local community.

“Many of the benefits, which their customers seek, include the absence of electronic devices - TVs, music or gaming machines - the applicant aims to create a place where patrons can hold a conversation without the need to shout over music or live sporting events being displayed. Above all, they will focus on the provision of real ale and cider of true quality, served by people with real knowledge and a passion for this living product.

“The applicant believes that the proposed micro pub would be a valued addition to the diverse array of shops and businesses already located in Axminster. More importantly it would re-establish a long-term vacant building by creating a visually appealing, high quality drinking establishment at the gateway to this great town.

“Moreover, it would augment the ever-expanding food map of Axminster by offering a wet led alternative, serving the very best that south west microbreweries and cider makers have to offer, whilst assisting in the expansion of the local economy.

“The micro pub aims to offer the discerning ale and cider drinker, resident or tourist, an ever-changing choice of cask and craft beverages.”

The application has been approved but opening times should be limited to 11am to 10pm on Sundays and 11am to 11pm on other days.

The delegated officer report stated: “Whilst the employment provision at the site would be likely to be reduced through the change of use, some degree of employment would remain and in addition the proposed use would help to support community gathering and community safety in the area.

“It would be unlikely to have a harmful impact on local amenity or highway safety and, whilst not located within the town centre, it is within an edge of centre area, the use is small scale and its location facilitates the use of sustainable transport modes, such that it is not likely to affect town centre viability or vitality or to generate a specific need to travel by private car.

“On balance, the proposal is considered to represent sustainable development.”