PLANS for a day care nursery in a village near Darlington will go before the council next week.

Hazel Tarakji hopes to open a 38-place nursery in a detached house on Middleton Lane, in Middleton St George, for children up to five years old.

Mrs Tarakji, who grew up in Haughton, Darlington, plans to run the nursery with her mother, a trained nursery nurse, and a team of up to six qualified staff.

The nursery will open from 8am until 6pm on Mondays to Fridays.

Eight letters of objection expressed concern about the lack of parking, road safety and the inadequate provisions for a children's outdoor play area.

Middleton St George Parish Council welcomed the facility, but expressed concern about traffic and signs in Middleton Lane.

Darlington's planning committee has been recommended to approve the application when it meets on Wednesday. If permission is granted, Mrs Tarakji hopes it will open next year.