WORK is under way to create a living space in the heart of Hexham town centre.

Retrospective planning permission is being sought for the change of use from commercial to residential accommodation on the top two floors in Market Place, Hexham.

The application for 25-26 Market Place has been submitted by Susan Crozier, of Bankfoot Farm, Broomley, nearly Stocksfield.

The application stated that the space had previously been used for commercial office space but had not been in use for more than 10 years.

Work on the site, which began in September, was needed to be done to update the building and keep it in line with current regulations for fire and safety and electricals, it was claimed.

Mrs Crozier said in the application that it was her intention to turn the flat, which would comprise of four rooms, into a holiday rental or residential unit.

No structural changes would take place in the flat, and all original features had been retained and restored.

In explaining why the flat would be welcome in the heart of the town centre, the application declared: "It (Hexham) has a huge amount to offer and is well worth spending time to enjoy its many historical and cultural attractions, including Hexham Abbey, which has been a place of Christian worship since AD674.

"The Market Place and the galleries and art centres all showcase a thriving artistic community.

"With only a short walk in the beautiful Hexham Park or along the banks of the river, Hexham nights offer live music, theatre and films in several arts venues and bars, and there’s a fabulous swimming pool and fitness centre."

Due to the nature of the building, a separate application for Listed Building Consent has also been submitted by Mrs Crozier.

More details about the applications can be found at, searching planning applications 20/03705/LBC and 20/03704/COU.