PLANS for new sports facilities at a secondary school have been nodded through by councillors.

In recent months, North East Learning Trust lodged a bid for a multi use games area (MUGA) at Teesdale School, in Barnard Castle.

The proposals are linked to the site of existing tennis and basketball courts on playing fields to the north of the school complex.

When complete, the new building would contain two playing courts designed for a range of sports and internal lights.

This week, Durham County Council’s area planning committee approved the MUGA plans at their Spennymoor offices.

An applicant statement, presented to councillors, said the facility will be used “primarily by the school during the day time, but the aim would be not to restrict the use to these hours as some sports will be played after school.”

It added: “The applicant is North East Learning Trust and they are committed to providing education to a number of schools across the North of England.

“As part of this the trust has invested heavily into creating new facilities and staff to make the school environment better and more enjoyable.

“It’s our opinion the new facility will be an asset for the area.”

No issues were raised by council officers over the scheme, which passed several planning tests.

And Barnard Castle Town Council also supported the plans, alongside one resident who wrote to the council.

Other work to the remaining tennis courts is also planned under permitted development rights.