Pub hit by blaze to be replaced by 20 f lats

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PLANS have been approved for a new housing development in the heart of Wallsend.

North Tyneside Council’s planning committee has backed proposals to build 20 apartments on the site of the former Carville Hotel.

The application, by Newcastle’s Taylored Commercials, will see two blocks, one three storeys high and the other a floor higher, replace the old pub.

The committee approved the proposals subject to the applicant agreeing to make a £9,680 contribution and pay another £9,260 towards the cost of equipment for an off-site play area.

The former pub, in Carville Road, had to be demolished after being left badly damaged by fire in April last year.

The plan approved by the committee is for 16 two-bedroom apartments and four one-bedroom flats.

A report to the committee said: “The scheme responds well to its surroundings.

“The building is designed to integrate into the surroundings while also providing a focal point development.

“The development represents a natural extension to the existing building line on Carville Road and is sympathetic to the existing dwellings in terms of its scale.

“The design of the development incorporates the top floors within a steep pitched roof profile that replicates the pitch of the original hotel building and gives the design a distinctive character.

“Officers consider that the proposed scheme will have an acceptable impact upon its site and the character of its surroundings.”

The report adds that the development would help meet demand for more new homes in the borough, saying: “Existing planning permissions are expected to provide 1,530 new homes over the next five years.

“Therefore there is a shortfall of 947 new homes in relation to the regional spatial strategy target, and of 1,935 new homes in relation to the core strategy preferred option target.”