New restaurant proposed at mini-golf course

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PLANS are being drawn up to convert an angling club on Whitley Bay seafront into a restaurant.

The proposals could see the single-storey club building at the Links miniature golf club transformed into a Sambuca Italian restaurant.

The plans include creating an additional hard-standing area and an extension to the existing building to house the angling club.

The plans are due to be decided on by North Tyneside Council’s planning committee on Tuesday.

Council officers are recommending approval of the plans. In his report to councillors, planning officer Aidan Dobinson Booth says: “Tourism is of crucial importance to this country. This

proposal will improve facilities at an existing leisure facility which is situated in a prominent position on the north east coast.

“The proposal will make this part of the coast more attractive to tourists and visitors by providing additional facilities, creating additional jobs and investment.

“The proposal will, by its very nature, involve an increase in activity at the site, some of which will be in the evening.

“However, the closest existing residents are 100 metres away on the opposite side of a busy dual carriageway, and it is our advice that the impact will not be detrimental.”

The restaurant chain already runs three premises in North Shields, one in Whitley Bay town centre and another in Wallsend.