A GOVERNMENT inspector has overruled a council and given the go-ahead to a food takeaway on the site of a historic former cinema.
Earlier this year, the South Tyneside Council’s planning committee approved conversion of the old Palace Bingo and Social Club in North Road, Boldon Colliery, into a restaurant and two retail units.
But permission was withheld for a takeaway to operate from the restaurant site.
Committee members took the decision to prevent disturbance to nearby residents from additional noise, traffic and cooking smells.
The applicants, Real Estates Limited, appealed the decision to government planning inspector Graham Snowdon.
And now Mr Snowdon has now upheld the appeal, labelling the council’s objections “unreasonable and unnecessary”.
The Palace was originally built as a movie house.