Decision date set for new £6million hotel development plans for Sunderland seafront

A multi-million pound hotel development on Sunderland’s seafront could be given the go-ahead next week.

Thursday, 24th October 2019, 11:45 am
Updated Thursday, 24th October 2019, 2:11 pm
Artist impression of how the proposed 42-bedroom hotel in Seaburn could look.

Earlier this year, plans were revealed to build a four-storey hotel at a prime site in Seaburn.

The building – described as a ‘pub with rooms’ – is set to land on the former Pullman Lodge site, near Martino’s restaurant.

The land has sat vacant for several years following the demolition of the iconic hotel and restaurant.

Next week, councillors will be asked to rubber stamp major leisure plans for the site.

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A planning report, prepared for the council’s area development control sub-committee, outlines the benefits of the new hotel.

This includes a £6million investment and the creation of around 40 jobs.

Final designs include a 42-bedroom inn, ground floor family restaurant and a 66-space parking area.

Vehicle access is proposed from the existing Lowry Road at the south west corner of the site through a entry/exit barrier.

Two rooms in the hotel will also be allocated for manager accommodation.

In a statement submitted to Sunderland City Council, applicant Inn Collection Group claim the plans will help boost Sunderland’s tourism industry.

This includes attracting a wider range of overnight visitors and increased spending in the leisure and retail sectors.

However, concerns were raised during consultation about the hotel “restricting” the amount of parking within the area.

The council’s ecologist also asked for clarity on work to minimise the impact on protected nature sites.

Developers have since agreed to erect signs to make customers aware that they’re entering a ‘sensitive area’ – including information on where it is “inappropriate to exercise dogs off lead.”

However, the final details of the scheme are expected to be fleshed out at the committee meeting.

The final decision will be made by councillors at Sunderland Civic Centre on Tuesday, October 29.

The meeting starts at 3.45pm and members of the public are welcome to attend.