A couple in Durham are seeking planning permission to convert a former bank into a new boutique hotel and have now formally submitted a proposal to the local council to secure its backing.
The Grade-II listed old HSBC building on Barnard Castle Market Place could be transformed into a new eight-bedroom boutique hotel if the plans from T and L Honeyman get the go ahead.
The former bank branch has been empty since early 2017.
The 18th Century three-floor stone building was recorded as Grade II listed in 1950 when it was owned by the Midland Bank.
Now the Honeymans are seeking to change the use of the building and create parking spaces in the space behind.
A heritage statement by Colling Morris Architectural Services, which has been submitted as part of the application, said that while the frontage has been relatively unchanged for many years the interior has been altered to suit developing needs and very few original features remain.
If the property is turned into a hotel it is expected to create one fulltime job and three part-time.
A decision on the plans is expected to be made by late October.