Cocktail bar, restaurant, bowling alley and flats to be built on site of seafront hotel destroyed in fire

Work has started on a new seafront development which will see a site wrecked by a blaze turned into a bar with a bowling alley and more.

Monday, 18th May 2020, 11:30 am

Now, with the backing of Durham County Council, construction has begun on a project which will see it transformed.

Planning permission was granted in March 2017 but building work was paused due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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North Terrace, pictured in the aftermath of the blaze at the Harbour View Hotel, as a cordon remained in place.

The recent change in Government guidance around construction means the work, which is expected to take 32 weeks, plus time for internal fitting, can continue, with the scheme being given the support of the council’s Towns and Villages Regeneration Programme.

The three-storey building will house a basement office and store; a ground floor restaurant, cafe and bar; and a first-floor cocktail bar with three-lane bowling with five flats across its second and third floors.

It will be accompanied by other improvements to the area, including reinstated car parking and a wider footpath, with more space for people to sit outside the street’s cafes and bars.

The council has said the development will help support the continuing regeneration of Seahm, giving its residents and visitors places to enjoy.

Councillor Kevin Shaw, left, and Councillor Carl Marshall at the development site in North Terrace, Seaham, pictured before the coronavirus outbreak.

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Councillor Kevin Shaw, cabinet member for strategic housing and assets, who also represents the Dawdon ward and is a Seaham Town Council member, said: “This has been a long time in the making but through the dedication of our community economic development team we continue to deliver on our shared vision of improvements to this important area of Seaham as I’m sure our residents will agree.”

Businessman David Gill , who owns the site, said he was grateful for the council’s support and added: “We are extremely pleased that we have now been able to make a start on the development and are looking forward to the future.”

Firefighters at the scene of the fire at the Harbour View Hotel back in 2015.

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