Greene King brewery plans to open 75-job Farmhouse Inn pub on new Sunderland business park

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A PUB on a new business park could create 75 jobs.

Greene King wants to build one of its Farmhouse Inn bar and restaurants in Turbine Way, Washington.

The chain aims to capitalise on trade from neighbouring factories including Nissan and Vantec.

Greene King already runs Sunderland pubs the New Derby in Roker Baths Road, the Rosedene in Queen Alexandra Road, and Oak Tree Farm in Doxford International Business Park.

It believes the Washington plot’s close links to the A1231 Sunderland Highway, A19 and A1, good bus service along Nissan Way and nearby houses will make it easily accessible.

Plans submitted to Sunderland City Council show the pub will market itself as a food-led business, serving traditional, value for money dishes, with no loud music or a jukebox.

It will also serve a Sunday carvery, have a safe area for children’s activities and 100 parking spaces.

It says it has designed the building to fit in with the business park, and although a town centre site would be preferable, the restaurant will offer somewhere for the nearby workforce to spend their lunchtime and evenings, offer convenience and increase choice in the area.

A report to Civic Centre planners said: “There are advantages of having the facility in this location.

“Primarily, the restaurant will be generating new business directly on the business park.

“The proposed development will reduce the need to travel from the business park to more distant locations for meetings and refreshments and as a result, reduce carbon emissions.”

Greene King said it has a policy to employ local people where it can, and runs training to boost its team’s skills and will seek out suppliers from the area, as it is not tied to any large companies.

It has also put forward a plan to deal with great crested newts, as a survey has found they might be living on the site.

A pond has already been created as part of the Vantec development, with a second being built by the council and a third to be set up and further measures being made before work will start on the site.