A RESTAURANT is to set to open in a historic landmark in Morpeth in an effort to fund vital repairs on the building.
Dan Miller, of Kensington Associates, wants to turn part of the Old Court House on Castle Bank into a 150 seat bistro, but the plans met with opposition from residents in the building`s flats who are worried about the impact the opening of a licensed venue downstairs would have on their quality of life.
The building has previously housed a restaurant in the 1990s, but it was eventually turned into a gym.
With the building`s structure crumbling, Mr Miller wants to introduce a profitable 150-capacity bistro to raise the money to safeguard the building`s future.
Mr Miller said: "My own belief is that the building has been neglected and has needed work for the past ten years.
"My aim is to provide a business within the site that can sustain a return in order to fund the repairs that the building needs."
Councillors gave the scheme the green light earlier this week.