Plans to turn boxing club into new nursery

Coun Colin Wakefield is proposing a Town Council for Houghton.
Coun Colin Wakefield is proposing a Town Council for Houghton.
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NURSERY developers are hoping to be boxing clever with their latest facility in Sunderland.

Tavistock House Day Nursery Ltd has been given the go-ahead to turn a former boxing club into a new pre-school.

The building in Hetton’s Front Street, which was also once a library, will accommodate around 80 children and employ about 15 members of staff.

Once up and running, the nursery expects to be open from 7am to 7pm.

Under the plans to turn an existing outdoor space into a play area for the children, there will need to be a metal railing and planting around the boundary fence.

Councillor Colin Wakefield, told members of the Development Control (Hetton, Houghton and Washington) Sub-Committee, that he was worried about the traffic near the site.

He said: “Bringing the building back into use is very welcome. But, I am still concerned about road safety, it is quite a busy junction.”

Councillor John Cummings added: “If the bushes get too high there, you would not be able to see people crossing the road or traffic coming.”

In the report planners said: “It is considered that the change of use and subsequent enclosure of the land would have an appreciable impact on the openness of the land in question and that this impact would potentially introduce some limited visual harm into the existing street scene.

“Nonetheless, it is not considered that the overall level of harm identified would have such a serious adverse impact on visual amenity as to warrant refusal of the application.

“Notwithstanding, it is considered that the overall success of the development will be heavily dependent on the quality of the landscaping proposed around the perimeter of the site and within the proposed play area.”

The report to the Sunderland City Council committee said the nursery scheme represents an appropriate use within Hetton Shopping Centre without causing harm to the residential area.

It said: “It is not considered that the proposal would have a serious adverse impact on the established character of the area, nor would it be detrimental to the highway safety.”

Members of the committee agreed with the recommendation to grant approval to the nursery project.