NEW jobs are on the cards in Bishop Auckland town centre following plans to convert a former bakery into a dental practice.

Up to 16 new roles, both full and part-time, could be available at the former Greggs store, in Newgate Street, after an application to change the store's use was submitted to Durham County Council.

Ruth Bower, for Portman Healthcare Ltd, submitted the application last month to change the use of the unit to D1 to a dental and orthodontic practice with the addition of wall mounted condenser units.

In the application, Ms Bower, stated that six full-time and ten part-time jobs were being proposed.

The surgery would also be open from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday and 8.30am to 5.30pm on Saturdays.

A heritage statement submitted by Harrison Ince Architects, on behalf of the applicant, said the building was not listed but does lie within a conservation area.

A visual inspection was carried out of the two-storey brick building in March 2018 and said the proposals would not have a negative impact on the street scene.

Neighbouring shops and business have been notified and no letters in support or objection have been received. The application is pending consideration.

To view the application visit publicaccess.durham.gov.uk and search for DM/19/00580/FPA