PLANS to develop a former transport depot on the edge of a Teesdale village into four new homes have been submitted to Durham County Council.

James Harker has applied to transform the derelict site in Bowes.

If approved, the site will have one four-bedroom house and three three-bedroom homes built on it along with 11 car parking spaces.

The existing depot and sheds already on the site will be demolished. No affordable units are being proposed.

The site has previously been described as an "eyesore" by villagers who said the site had been "left to rot" after being sold by the council four years ago.

Mr Harker has previously submitted two applications, one for 14 houses which was withdrawn and one for nine dwellings which was finally disposed of.

A design and access statement submitted with the application said the current site had a "negative impact" on the area and the development would provide a more pleasing entrance to the village especially as the site is on brownfield land.

Bowes Parish Council said it neither objects or supports the application but feels all the homes should have access to a fireplace as there are often electricity cuts in the area.

Another resident said they were pleased to see plans for a development but disappointed in the application itself.

To view the application visit publicaccess.durham.gov.uk and search for DM/19/00390/FPA