AN entrepreneur wants to open a soft play facility on an industrial estate around which hundreds of new family homes have been built.

Ms C Green, of Daisy Street Play, wants to create the children's play centre with a coffee shop in Unit 29 of Enterprise City, on Spennymoor's Green Lane Industrial Estate.

She came up with the proposal believing it would be well used by families with young children in the area, mostly on the DurhamGate development.

A planning application to change the use of the building has been submitted to Durham County Council.

In a planning statement to the council, Ms Green's agent, Leanne Pratt of Hunwick-based Padgett White: Architects Ltd, wrote: "The applicant, being local to Spennymoor, has identified a demand for such a business with the abundance of high density ‘family’ housing that has been recently erected within an 800 metre radius.

"Combined with the availably of affordable business premises, Enterprise City, Green Lane has proved a suitable location for this business venture."

She also said that the development would bring an empty unit on the estate back into use, with at least four empty units in the immediate vicinity. Surrounding sites are occupied by various industrial, commercial, leisure and technological businesses.

If permitted, the facility would operate between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Saturday and from 10am to 4pm on Sundays, offering general playtime and various organised children's classes.

Ms Green believes the space could accommodate around 40 patrons, although those numbers are only expected sporadically during weekends or for organised classes lasting an hour or two.

It is expected that the business would create six jobs, with around three staff onsite at any one time and children would always be accompanied by an adult.

Whilst children play, Ms Green would like to serve their parents or guardians light refreshments so the plans include a seating area next to a coffee shop with a small and simple menu, prepared in a simple kitchen area, available only to visitors of the facility.

The agent also said that 'it is unlikely that the soft play activities would adversely impact on its adjacent users' and the site has 'an abundance of communal

parking'.

The council expects a decision on the application to be made, by officers using delegated powers, by mid-April.