New food and drink venue approved for North Shields
A new venue on North Shields Fish Quay has been given the green light by councillors despite concerns from residents.
DJs, craft beer and street food will be on offer to punters after the long-awaited Salt Market Social was approved by North Tyneside Council’s planning committee.
Inspired by the likes of By The River Brew Co and the Boiler Shop Steamer, the monthly event is set to offer a similar experience.
The venue, based on the first floor of the Cosalt Building, could even eventually host weddings and Christmas markets.
But developers have been forced to defend plans to revamp part of the building to stage it amid noise and anti-social behaviour fears.
Objector Glen Foster, who lives in an apartment block on Bell Street, submitted a statement to the council opposing the scheme.
Mr Foster wrote: “The Cosalt Building sits slap bang amongst the most heavily populated area in the fish quay.
“The proposed development wants to put to B1 use, which covers food and drink serving until 11pm, for as a worst case scenario, up to 450 people.
“We have been told that this is an events venue and will include wedding events and arts events, but we conclude that there are also no restrictions on the type of events possible and these will include live music and discos.
“The bare facts are that 440, possibly drunk, people will be spilling out onto our street at 11pm, late at night.
“We already have people making noise late at night, plus people urinating in doorways and gateways. Car damage is also a problem.”
Plans show the venue could host up to 450 people at the market, which would be initially be staged every month, previously the developer told the council peak time is expected to be between 4pm and 8pm.
Speaking in support of the application Nick Kemp said the venue would be good for the area.
“This is a mixed use venue and is neither a night club, or a pub,” he said.
“We have robust experience with noise management, and with managing venues, the project will be delivered professionally and sensitively.
“There is cultural, social and economic benefits for North Shields.”
The committee voted in favour of the proposals, with chairman Coun Frank Lott saying: “This application is not more of the same, its complimentary to the quay side and for that reason I support it.”