THE final curtain could fall on Richmond Dance Centre next week.

In September, Richmondshire District Council's planning committee rejected a scheme that proposed nine homes be built at Garden Village, within the walls of the old barracks off the town's Whashton Road.

They thought the project was too intensive.

A new application proposes two three-bedroomed flats, four two-bedroomed cottages and a single three-bedroomed cottage - a total of seven properties.

Councillors will be told when they meet on Tuesday that the dance school, which had been using the former military drill hall, has found a new base at the old grammar school in Scorton.

Nevertheless, the committee still has the power to request the developer contributes towards a new sport or leisure facility elsewhere in Richmond.

The views of English Heritage on the building's demolition will also be reported at Tuesday's meeting.

However, planning officer Brian Hodges has already pointed out the hall has little to offer in terms of architectural merit and, in his view, the flats could be seen as an improvement.