PLANS have been submitted to turn a 190-year-old chapel in a picturesque dale into a house.

The former Methodist Chapel in Wearhead, in Weardale, County Durham, was built in 1826 and 1826 and was used as a chapel and school room.

The Grade II listed building next to the A689 through Weardale is still laid out as a chapel with pews inside, but now plans have been submitted to turn it into a home.

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In a statement to Durham County Council’s planning department, Architectural planner Christopher Reed who represents the applicants said his clients are “conscious and respectful of the historical nature of these premises and are keen to keep the building’s identity where this is feasible”.

Mr Reed added: “This unusual property forms part of the history of this part of Weardale and its proposed conversion to a large family dwelling is aimed at preserving the character and appearance while providing a home of high quality and good design.”

The council will be consulting on the plans until Wednesday, February 27, for more information visit durham.gov.uk