OFFICES could be turned into a youth club if planners give the project their backing.

Under the proposals, 40B Burgate, in Pickering, would become a base for art, drama and pottery workshops aimed at children aged from ten to 16.

A youth club would operate from 4pm to 6pm, Monday to Friday. During the day, however, the building would be used by adults to access training in child protection, first aid, arts and crafts. Rooms will also be available to hire for organisations to hold meetings.

Andy Brown, projects officer for Ryedale's Child and Youth Projects, said: "The aim of the project is to encourage more young people to engage in structured out-of-school- time activities, particularly in the field of the arts.

"Also, we aim to provide a safe and friendly environment in which young people can socialise to reduce the number of young people on the streets."

But the project has been opposed by Pickering Town Council, which said it would create too much traffic and noise, and would cause parking problems.

One resident living in an adjoining property has also objected on noise grounds, but Ryedale District Council planning officers have recommended that the change of use should be allowed.

Councillors will meet on Tuesday to decide the issue.