Historic Sunderland seafront guesthouse to become apartments after plans approved

Plans to convert a seafront guest lodge into private apartments have been given the go-ahead.

Monday, 23rd September 2019, 11:31 pm
Updated Tuesday, 24th September 2019, 12:47 pm
Beach View Lodge. Picture from Google Streetview

Last year, proposals were lodged for the Beach View Lodge on Roker Terrace.

The three-storey building dates to around 1880 and boasts panoramic views of Roker’s pier and beaches.

Under new plans from applicant Leap Portfolio Build Ltd, the building is set for a new lease of life.

This includes converting the site into eight self-contained apartments with a mix of one and two-bedroom spaces on offer.

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According to a design and heritage statement, the site is currently used as “overflow capacity” for the Roker Hotel.

However, applicants say the plans would help safeguard the lodge’s future – with apartments offered for resale in the long-term.

Due to the building’s placement in Roker Park Conservation Area, minimal changes will be made to its exterior.

A planning statement adds: “While the existing area is safe and well looked after we feel having a fully owner-occupied property will improve the feel and sense of safety [sic] to this community.

“We believe the site is located in an existing sustainable setting with good local access to facilities and transport links.

“This project will provide investment and provide dwellings in a suitable desirable location.”

During consultation, Sunderland City Council’s ecology department agreed the proposals were in keeping with the area.

Council planners gave the final go-ahead to the plans on Friday, September 20.

Under council conditions, work must take place on the lodge within three years.