HAWORTH is famous worldwide as the home of the Brontes.

People flock to the village from across the globe to visit the parsonage where the siblings lived and wrote their classic works, and to walk on the moors that inspired them.

But another venue is set to become a more prominent feature on the 'Bronte tourist trail'.

Plans have been approved to transform the Thornton terrace house where the children were born into a community facility and holiday lets.

Patrick and Maria Bronte moved to the house in 1815, with their two infant children, Maria and Elizabeth.

The family soon expanded, with Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne all born in the property.

They moved to Haworth Parsonage in 1820.

Campaigners launched a bid last year to bring the Thornton house into community ownership.

Now the group intends creating space for workshops, events and visits by schools and literary groups.

The scheme will also see the property's bedrooms restored to how they'd have looked during the family’s time there, and converted into holiday lets.

Latterly the premises have been operating as a cafe.

The group behind the Bronte Birthplace plans is attempting to raise enough cash to take on the property and ensure it remains a place the community can enjoy.

A spokesperson says: "If the building is to gain its rightful place in the history of this unique literary family, then it does now need to start enjoying the sort of stability already enjoyed by the likes of the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth.

"The provision of ground-floor facilities to host events, workshops, outreach projects, school visits, and art and literary groups celebrating the Bronte legacy will be financed by the existing cafe and restaurant and the holiday lets.

"This will add another dimension to the story of the Bronte family in the Bradford district."

The planning application was approved with conditions, including that the development should only be used for short-term holiday accommodation and not be occupied as a person's sole or main place of residence.

A decision report from council planning officer Junaid Baig said 85 comments were received in support of the plan, and there were three objections.

Opposition included that the site should be “untouched” and “kept as a museum”, but amongst comments in favour were that the scheme would boost tourism in the area and be a “great part of Bradford City of Culture 2025”.