Pub’s flats bid could be back on the agenda

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A bid to transform a South Tyneside seafront pub into 21 apartments could be back on the cards – months after plans were pulled.

A bid was originally lodged in November with planning chiefs at South Tyneside Council to tear down the Water’s Edge pub, at Trow Lea, South Shields, to make way for a three-storey apartment block.

No significant impacts are predicted.

Fairhurst letter

The scheme included plans for 21 two-bedroomed apartments with their own separate parking facilities.

Just days before the application was due to be considered by councillors at a meeting of South Tyneside Council’s planning committee in February it was withdrawn.

Now Fairhurst, a Newcastle-based civil and structural engineering consultancy service, has submitted a ‘screening request’ to the council over whether or not a Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) needs to be carried out on the site.

Depending on the outcome, the applicant, who is not being named, may well then resubmit the plans once again.

Fairhurst’s letter to planners recommends that no assessment needs to be carried out.

It stated: “The proposed development does not meet the threshold in Schedule 1 or 2 of the EIA regulations. Therefore, no EIA should be required.

“Nevertheless, Fairhurst have still considered the likely significant effects of the proposed development and conclude that no significant impacts are predicated and therefore, no EIA, is required.”

The original plans were given the thumbs-up by many residents living closest to the pub, which is only open on certain days of the week,

The application for the housing project stated plans to develop a “landmark” residential building with a nautical theme in keeping with the coastal environment.

Fitness instructor Paul Mort, of The Broadway, said at the time: “Nobody in this street will be able to see it, so it’s not as if it will block any views. The pub seems to have struggled in recent years. Nobody seems to be sure if it’s open or closed, so I think it’s a good idea.”