AN arson-hit former Sunderland pub could be demolished to make way for a car park.
The Salvation Army wants to knock down the run-down Cavern Bar, in High Street East, Hendon, which has been repeatedly targeted by arsonists since its closure years ago.
If given the go-ahead by Sunderland City Council, the site will be used by staff at the charity’s nearby Swan Lodge hostel.
In a design and access statement submitted to the local authority, the developers said: “The long-term objective will be to redevelop the site in conjunction with the use of Swan Lodge.
“The present development is small, and as such, would likely improve the appearance of the street scene.
“The Salvation Army is committed to a policy of equality, inclusion and accessibility for all its employees and visitors, as well as being a good neighbour.”
The proposals are expected to go before the council’s planning committee in the coming weeks.
The statement added: “The proposed development is a major alteration to the existing layout.
“The proposal includes demolishing the existing building and constructing a new boundary fence around a temporary hardstanding car park.”
In recent years, the run-down pub, also known as The Corner House, has become a target for arsonists.
In 2008, neighbouring homes had to be evacuated when flames ripped through its roof.