PLANS to convert a house into a workshop and studio have been submitted to Durham County Council.

Heidi Maddison wants to convert the property at 34 Front Street, Frosterley, to "develop a bespoke artisan workshop environment" within the village.

In her application, Mrs Maddison said she had no plans to change the internal or external structures of the vacant building but would be applying for shop signage.

In a supporting statement, she said she started her upholstery business in 2013 over three separate sites in Weardale and Teesdale.

It said: "This is an opportunity to both consolidate and develop her business. In addition, it is Mrs Maddison’s intentions to rent the upper floor to an established local artist, therefore further providing an opportunity for a Weardale-based business to grow. Bringing two local artistic ventures together in Frosterley, will help enhance not only the village, but also contribute more widely to the once thriving community of Weardale."

Mrs Maddison said she hoped both businesses would become an "integral part of the community" and make a "valuable contribution to village life".

She also hopes to employ a part-time machinist and open a gallery space.