PLANS have been drawn up to turn tennis courts into a car park at a North-East sixth form.

Durham Sixth Form wants to put the new car park on the sport facility, which is opposite The Sands car park, off Freeman’s Place, in Durham city.

The facility would replace a 120-space car park in Freeman's Place, which is being turned into a multi-storey car park as part of Durham County Council's plans to build its new headquarters in the area.

The land comprises of three tennis courts, which have not been used for ten years, according to Durham County Council, which has made the application.

The sixth form, which employs about 115 people, says the new facility would provide staff with somewhere to park.

It would have space for 85 cars, including five disabled bays, to provide staff with somewhere to park and would be accessed by a new access point from Freeman’s Place.

A total of 34 car park spaces were created as part of a previous application to build a multimedia centre on the site.

The application includes plan to remove a wall and railings, wooden fencing and the metal fencing which surrounds the courts.

A new concrete retaining wall and pathway would be constructed, along with a new access point from Freeman’s Place.