Plans approved for new bar with two floors in Seaham
Plans for a new bar in Seaham have been given the green light.
Earlier in April, Durham County Council validated a planning application for 70 Church Street in the town centre.
This included a proposed change of use from a “vacant shop to a public bar over two floors.”
According to a planning application, the property was formerly an alterations shop and work had already started on the change of use.
The application also said the development would create two full-time jobs and six part-time roles.
During consultation, a public objection was lodged raising concerns about the impact of another drinking establishment in the area in terms of crime, disorder and public nuisance.
Other concerns included the loss of the retail status from 70 Church Street.
However, a letter of support was also submitted to council planners which claimed Church Street was in “dire need of further investment and development.”
The Mappleton Drive resident said: “There are lots of retail units on Church Street, but relatively few hospitality venues which are open in the evenings.
“Developments such as this would make Church Street a more inviting and enjoyable place to be – for residents & visitors to Seaham – at all times of the day.
“Church Street often feels like a no-go ghost strip, and needs new developments like this, especially as the popularity of Seaham is sure to grow post-COVID.”
After considering all representations, Durham County Council’s planning department approved the change of use application on June 7, 2021.
A premises licence application for the venture, which will be called Bar 1828, is expected to be decided by the local authority’s Statutory Licensing Sub-Committee.