A VACANT pub is being transformed into bedsits and a beauty salon.
Developer Ernest King has won planning permission from Sunderland City Council to convert The Wearsider in Emsworth Road, Carley Hill, into six bedsits.
A garage at the pub will be turned into a beauty spa with an extension at the rear.
Carley Hill councillors on the North Sunderland development control committee unanimously approved planning permission for the project, but concerns were raised over car parking available on the site.
Fulwell councillor Bob Francis and St Peter’s councillor Barry Curran questioned whether the six spaces provided would be enough to serve all the tenants.
Planning officer Danielle Pearson said the number of spaces was more than normally would be required for a development of that nature.
She added: “There will be one bedroom per occupant and they will share a kitchen, washing facilities and a lounge area.”
Ms Pearson said it was highly unlikely there would be more than one tenant in a bedsit.
“You certainly wouldn’t be able to sit a double bed in there,” she said.
Traffic engineers said council guidelines meant only one parking space was required per bedsit due to the nature of the housing.
They said the beauty spa would be less than 50m², and the guideline for retail units was one parking space per 50m².
The plans for the development will see the bedsits created in the ground floor of the building.
There are two rooms in the centre of the building which will be used for storage and maintenance.
The beauty spa in the converted garage will have two beauty rooms, an office and tanning pods.
The upper level of the building will remain unchanged. It houses a flat with three bedrooms, a lounge, bathroom and kitchen.
Access to the flat is through a doorway in the south of the building and an internal staircase.
The flat also has access to one of the stores and the bedsit area.