A former social club in Stanley could be transformed into offices under plans lodged with Durham County Council.

A planning application submitted for the Hibernian Club off Station Road, states that the club has been vacant for around a decade.

Proposals by commercial firm NWR Hygiene Group aim to give the building a facelift to make way for new offices and storage.

An application submitted to the council states the offices would be in use between 8am and 6pm, seven days a week.

The applicant stated: “This building has not been used for many years and [we] want to improve [it] by replacing all windows and cleaning the outside of the building to a good state as [there are] currently lots of smashed windows and the stonework is all going black with mould and water damage. Internally we would convert the ground floor to storage and a kitchen for our staff, [the] first floor we would turn into open plan offices.”

NWR Hygiene Group supplies commercial washroom and waste equipment and services across the UK and has its headquarters in Consett.

A decision on the plan is expected by the end of August.

Comments can be made before Thursday, July 30.