PLANS have been submitted to transform the site of a derelict pub into two new houses.

Nestled in the heart of the village, the Ye Olde Fleece Inn, in Bishop Middleham, is a historic property which forms part of a line of properties along High Street.

Glasper Lee Design Ltd has put forward a proposal on behalf of Sam Cowburn from SC Developments Ltd to turn the public house into a four-storey dwelling and the management accommodation – located at the rear of the property – into a two-storey dwelling.

The Ye Olde Fleece Inn has seen 20 separate tenants since 2008 who have been unable to consistently operate the pub as a successful business.

It has been closed for several months and boarded up for security purposes.

The developer hopes to transform the space into a residential development without disturbing environmental, or open space.

The planning design and access statement states: “As identified, the application site is an important feature within the conservation area.

“The proposal put forward respects the historic character of the property with minimal alterations externally to retain the historical character of the property.

“Viability justification for the changes has been provided and now to ensure the upkeep and future viability of the building itself within the conservation area.”

The statement continues: “The proposal acknowledges the importance of the property within the conservation area and seeks to ensure that the future of the property is secured.

“Its historical character will be maintained and overall the property will afford a positive contribution towards the area whilst providing much needed family housing.”

Copies of the application and plan are available for inspection at durham.gov.uk.

Any objections or representations about the proposal should be submitted by email to planning@durham.gov.uk or in writing to planning development, Room 4/86-102, County Hall, Durham.