Plans to build a new care home on the site of the former Aycliffe police station demolished earlier this year have been recommended for approval.
As revealed by Aycliffe Today in March, Durham Constabulary agreed to sell the 1.1-acre site to Gateshead-based Helen McArdle Care.
The group, which runs 18 homes in the North East, applied in June to build a 56-bed home for people aged over 50 who need care.
In a document submitted to the council, the group said it wanted the home to become a “fully integrated part of the community”.
It said each resident will have their own private room complete with en-suite facilities, television, telephone and computer points.
Durham County Council planning officers have recommended the plans for approval, and the planning committee is due to meet at Crook Civic Centre on Thursday 17th September from 2pm.
The demolition of the three-storey structure on Central Avenue, built in the 1960s, cost £86,000 and was completed in March.
The Newton Aycliffe Neighbourhood Police Team moved out of the Central Avenue station in February 2011 after the building was deemed unfit for purpose.
Plans to build a new station had to be scrapped after budget cuts and the Aycliffe officers spent more than two years at the HUB Workspace on Aycliffe Business Park, which proved unpopular with residents, before moving into the town’s fire station in December 2013.