Closed fish and chip shop to become new Peterlee dental practice after plans approved
A vacant shop space in could soon become a dental practice under new plans approved by council planners.
Earlier this year, proposals were lodged to change the use of 1 Upper Yoden Way in the Castle Dene Shopping Centre, Peterlee.
The site was previously used as a fish and chip shop but is currently vacant.
New plans from applicant Salford Estates Ltd aimed to re-open the site with a ‘D1’ planning status.
This covers non-residential institutions such as medical. dental and health services.
Plans were approved by Durham County Council on Wednesday, December 11.
Council planners had concluded the development was acceptable in terms of odour, noise and highway safety and caused no unacceptable issues.
A decision report reads:”The proposal relates to an existing and established vacant commercial/retail unit within thedesignated town centre of the defined settlement boundary of Peterlee and is easily accessible by a variety of sustainable modes of transport.
“Indeed, the Peterlee bus interchange site and public car park lie to the west and north of the application site.
“With this in mind, it is considered the proposal adheres to the principles of sustainable and economic development.
“Indeed, it is considered that the proposed use would add to the vitality and viability of the Castle Dene Shopping Centre bringing back a vacant unit into use and encouraging furtherfootfall within the designated Peterlee town centre.”
Under planning conditions, conversion works must start within the next three years.