Dome plans formally put to the council

New hoardings and notice boards being put up around the Spanish City Dome ready for an exhibition celebrating the dome's centenary.
New hoardings and notice boards being put up around the Spanish City Dome ready for an exhibition celebrating the dome's centenary.
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PLANS to transform a landmark building in Whitley Bay have moved a step closer after an outline planning application was submitted.

The plan is for the redevelopment of the Dome and surrounding Spanish City island.

Initial plans had been submitted to North Tyneside Council earlier this year but now developers Robertson North East have handed over all the necessary documentation for the outline application.

Proposals are to transform the 100-year-old Dome and Empress Ballroom – currently occupied by Carlton Bingo – as well as develop public open spaces, build new homes and improve the promenade.

The plans for the seafront area also include the former Avenue pub near the former Spanish City site.

Robertson, which first unveiled its plans last July, are proposing a Family Activity Centre in the Dome featuring indoor climbing walls, skateboard, soft play facilities, shops and food outlets. There will also be offices, a gymnasium and managed workspaces.

YMCA North Tyneside had been keen to get involved in the centre but had to withdraw in January due to the economic situation.

Externally, Robertson is proposing an events area on the promenade, public open spaces, townhouses and apartments, a residential care home, hotel, and associated parking.

Bosses at the company are keen to press ahead with the £23m proposals, which they believe will put the heart back into Whitley Bay and bring people back to the seafront.

Martin Westgate, business development director for Robertson North East, said: ““This is a significant milestone for the development of the Spanish City site and the future of Whitley Bay.

“Robertson are aware of the importance of the site in the town and well aware that residents, businesses and visitors are really looking forward to having the Dome as a focal point on the coast again.

“This development will provide jobs, contribute to the local economy and will provide additional facilities for residents and visitors.

“Robertson are delighted that the application is now to go before the planning committee and hope that they will recognise the massive benefits this development will ring for the town and the wider borough.”

The outline application is expected to be heard by the council’s planning committee in July.

Robertson North East is currently working on the construction of the new joint service centre in Whitley Bay town centre.