Plans submitted to turn snooker club into carpet shop

Haughton Snooker club, in Houghton which may be turned into a carpet retailer.

Haughton Snooker club, in Houghton which may be turned into a carpet retailer.

A POPULAR Wearside snooker club which installed a sign with a huge spelling error could soon be no more, after plans were submitted to turn it into a carpet shop.

Darlington man David Cox has applied to change Houghton Snooker and Social Club, in Hillside Way in the town, into an outlet selling household furnishings.

The club was featured in the Echo back in 2009 after a mispelled sign was installed above its entrance, which read “Haughton” instead of Houghton.

Bosses said that the sign was due to be changed to the correct spelling at some point, but the sign has remained in place ever since the gaffe was first revealed.

A number of years ago, national pub chain JD Wetherspoon made inquiries about transforming the venue into a pub serving food and drink.

However, the company pulled out of the scheme, claiming it would have been too expensive to carry out the renovations needed to convert the building.

The company then took over the Buffs Club, in nearby Frederick Place, giving the site a much-needed makeover and renaming it the Wild Boar.

A consultation over the snooker club plans, which can be seen in more detail on Sunderland City Council’s planning portal, comes to an end on Tuesday, August 19.

Mr Cox was unavailable for comment when the Echo contacted his agent.

To view the proposals, visit www.sunderland.gov.uk/online-applications.




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