Housing plans for pub site move on

The former Avenue hotel which has been demolished to make way for potential housing.
The former Avenue hotel which has been demolished to make way for potential housing.
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Proposals to build new houses on the site of a former seafront pub have taken a step forward.

An outline planning application to build 12 houses on the site of the old Avenue Hotel was approved by North Tyneside Council’s planning committee.

The former pub in Park Avenue and the adjoining building, 1 Brook Street, were bought by the council in 2014.

The buildings were then demolished having remained empty and fallen into a state of disrepair over several years.

Initial designs – submitted by the authority, which is behind the application – show an indicative scheme featuring a terraced crescent of 12 homes split into individual terraces of four and eight properties, each with a private front and back garden and parking behind the site.

An access road from Brook Street would mean access to the back of existing properties would be maintained.

Councillors were told that positive feedback to the scheme included that it was ‘well thought out’ and ‘in keeping with surrounding developments’.

After the meeting Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “Along with the progress we’re making with the restoration of the dome, this is yet another step forward in our efforts to rejuvenate the coastline and ensure it’s somewhere people want to live, work and visit.

“I’m delighted to see some positive proposals for the land where the Avenue Hotel used to be – this is somewhere people have told me they would like to see improved and this scheme aims to achieve that.”

The committee approved the plans subject to various conditions and a five-year period was granted to allow the council to lodge a reserved matters application in order to secure delivery of the site in co-ordination with the wider regeneration of Whitley Bay.

Whitley Bay ward councillor John O’Shea said: “I’m really pleased that this planning application has been approved, local residents have been telling me for sometime that the derelict Avenue Pub site needs to be redeveloped.”