A PUB in a village near Darlington which has been closed for several years has applied for planing permission to demolish rear extensions and create a new single-storey extension with a new kitchen and private dining room.

The plans for The Spotted Dog, in High Coniscliffe, have been submitted to Darlington Brough Council's planning authority by PD Designs architectural consultants, on behalf of the owners of the building.

They include: demolition of the existing rear ground floor flat roof and pitched roof extensions; erection of glazed entrance extension to side elevation; a single storey extension with roof lights to rear; and alterations to windows.

The report states: "The premises have been extended significantly in the past and benefits from a large car park and an outdoor drinking/eating area.

"The pub has been closed for a number of years, and is in need of refurbishment.

"The external walls of the dwelling are a combination of painted stonework, brickwork – some of which has been painted – and render.

"The pitched roof areas are finished in concrete tiles with the flat roof areas covered in felt. The majority of the original windows have been replaced with upvc units, though some timber units remain to the rear of the building."

General landscaping works will also take place around the premises.

The front and side elevations of the property, which are visible from the main road, will remain largely unchanged.

The west elevation will have some new windows in a style to match the existing and also a new glazed entrance with a pitched roof over, tiled to match existing.

The report adds: "The rear of the premises is currently in a poor state and is in much need of updating.

"A new part flat-part pitched roofed extension will be added in their place, which will enable a better, more practical layout internally and the inclusion of a new private room, which could be used for a variety of events.

The private room will also benefit from a small outdoor area.

The report adds: "This scheme has been designed to retain the character of the existing building, while making it more suitable for its continued use as a pub.

"The front elevation of the premises will remain been unchanged as part of the proposal and we feel that the overall character has not been adversely effected."

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