OFFICIAL plans were submitted to NCC to convert a chapel into five appartments.

Karbon Homes have submitted a planning application to convert the existing Ebenezer Chapel in Prudhoe into five apartments with associated external landscaping and car parking.

The company hopes to build four, two-bedroom apartments and one one-bedroom apartment with landscaping and car parking.

They also hope to deliever a 'much needed' affordable housing for the local community after comments were raised in a pre-application meeting in August.

At the meeting, the authority's planning, contracts and works committee, town councillors agreed to support the application.

Before the pre-planning meeting last year, the Miners Lamp campaigned to buy the site after it was listed for sale but was unsuccessful.

The application was recieved on Monday, 17 April then validated on 24 April and has no objections or comments on the application so far.

Cllr Gordon Stewart said:"This long anticipated application has now been formally submitted for planning permission, I look forward to hearing the opinion of the public and would encourage anyone with a view on this matter to have their say, this is a building that is steeped in local history but become abandoned for many years now."