A CHARITY has been given the go ahead to turn a pub into offices.

The application by Durham Action on Single Housing (Dash) to convert the former Last Orders pub, in Gilesgate, had been met with opposition from residents.

Durham County Council has now approved the plans, saying they will not have a negative impact on neighbours.

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Fifteen objections were made, including ones by Gilesgate Residents’ Association and MP Roberta Blackman-Woods.

Dash had previously hoped to create homes for young people on the site in Gort Place, but lost Government funding for the scheme after it had to withdraw the plans amid complaints by residents.

The charity hopes the development will provide extra income to help secure its financial future.