Takeaway plans get go-ahead

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PLANS to turn a former Salvation Army hall into a takeaway have been given the go-ahead.

Councillors granted an application for the change of use of the old hall and vacant shop unit in Hedworth Lane, Boldon Colliery.

South Tyneside Council’s planning committee was told the conversion would “contribute to the improving vitality and viability of this local neighbourhood centre”.

The council had originally rejected an application for a takeaway on the site in 2012 as it was deemed to be “harmful to residents”, but that decision was overturned on appeal.

Conditions were placed on the application to ensure the premises only operated until 11pm, to enable the applicant to “create a viable business, while ensuring the presence of customers in the area would not extend into anti-social hours”.

The bid was referred to the committee by Coun Joanne Bell, a ward councillor for Boldon Colliery.

She was concerned about increased off-street parking in the location if the takeaway got the go-ahead.

Two residents in Hedworth Lane also opposed the plan over road safety concerns, but a report to council planning officers recommended approval.