PLANS to convert a former doctors surgery into a convenience store have been given the green light.

Earlier this year, proposals were lodged with Durham County Council for 24 Green Rise, in Byers Green.

According to planning documents, the building was last used as a doctors surgery around a year ago.

New plans from applicant Livin Housing Ltd aim to revamp the site and provide a shop for the local community.

During consultation, neighbours raised concerns about the shop plans creating traffic and antisocial behaviour issues.

Planning officers concluded the new shop would not have any harmful or detrimental impact on neighbours in terms of noise or highway safety.

They added another doctors surgery on the site would create a greater number of vehicle movements than a shop.

A planning report reads: “As the proposed retail element is very small in scale this would presumably direct the maximum size of delivery vehicles that would supply any stock the proposed convenience store might require, over and above what could be collected by the eventual shopkeeper in a small car or van.”

The plans were given the go-ahead on Friday, October 18.

Under planning conditions, work must take place within three years. Expected opening times are Monday to Saturday, 7am to 8pm.