PLANS to convert a famous Methodist chapel into a holiday let have been submitted to Durham County Council.

John and Lisa Lawson have applied to transform the former Newbiggin Methodist Chapel, in Upper Teesdale.

The couple, also of Newbiggin, plan to change the use of the Grade II listed building and carry out internal works as well as create a separate car park nearby.

The chapel, which held the title of the world's oldest functioning Methodist chapel closed its doors for the final time last year.

It was opened in 1760 and still had its original pulpit where the Church's founder, John Wesley, preached as he spread his message throughout the rural community.

The chapel was enlarged in 1860 and renovated in 1987 before major repairs were made in 2003.

However, after its congregation dwindled, church leaders decided to close the building and the community came together for a final farewell service last May.

Mr and Mrs Lawson purchased the chapel earlier this year and hope to turn it into a holiday let suitable for families and visitors to Teesdale.

If their plans are approved, three bedrooms will be constructed, two with en-suite, as well as a family bathroom and sitting room. A kitchen and utility room will also be built on a new balcony level.

In a design and access statement, the couple said they wanted to "give the chapel a new lease of life".

To view the plans visit ad search for reference DM/18/02860/FPA.