A FORMER off-licence store could become a 24-hour gym under new plans submitted to Durham County Council.

Applicant Anton Lang Planning Services has launched ‘change of use’ bid for the first floor of the former Bargain Booze in Front Street, Sacriston.

Under the plans, the new gym set to create three full-time and six part-time jobs with the ground floor remaining as a shop space

A design and access statement submitted to the council states the area cannot support any more retail shops due to several vacant businesses and charity shops in the area.

It reads: “The settlement is crying out for new investment and new uses like this, which will not only provide a service but will also provide jobs, economic activity and assist with improving the viability and vitality of this parade.”

A public car park is available to the south of the site.

Members of the public can comment on the application until Wednesday, November 14 with a decision expected by Tuesday, December 18.

On parking, the statement adds while the gym aims to appeal to people within walking distance, a open public car park is available south of the site.

To have your say, visit: publicaccess.durham.gov.uk/online-applications and search planning reference DM/18/03210/FPA