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NORTH TYNESIDE: Whitley Bay street food venue plans refused

NORTH TYNESIDE: Whitley Bay street food venue plans refused

75 Park View in Whitley Bay, where the new street food venue could be (image Chronicle Live)

Canny Leisure Group North East asked North Tyneside Council for permission to sell booze from a former banqueting hall in Whitley Bay.

The business wanted to sell “independent craft beers, wines, spirits and cocktails,” from 11am to 11pm Sunday to Wednesday and Thursday and Friday and Saturday 11am to midnight.

As well as selling drinks, the Park View premises would have also been used as a “unique setting for street food”.

But the authority’s planning committee voted to refuse the proposals at a meeting on November 9.

This comes after ward councillor John O’Shea raised concerns that it could cause problems in the area.

He raised fears about smokers congregating outside the venue on a “very narrow pavement”.

Coun O’Shea was also concerned about noise, deliveries and the impact on traffic.

At the time, director Victoria Bones said that objections like these block investment and growth in local town centres.

She also said that she aimed to make the town even better by bringing the venue, which hasn’t been used in two years, back into use.

Coun O’Shea isn’t the only one with concerns, and the authority has received 17 objections to the scheme.

Objectors raised fears about noise, anti-social behaviour and the amount of licensed premises already in the street.

One wrote: “We don’t want this lovely area with niche shops, coffee shops and a few bars and restaurants to turn into another South Parade.

“Enough is enough, we are in danger of being swamped.”

The committee backed the objectors and refused the application on the grounds that the venue would cause parking problems in the area.

Minutes from the meeting said: “The difficulties presented by the inability for vehicles to park, or stop safely to the front of the premises, given the location of the pedestrian crossing immediately outside the front of the premises, which would undermine the public safety licensing objective.”

Councillors were also concerned that Park View residents would be subjected to nuisance from drinkers.

The minutes added: “The likelihood of public nuisance to residents, who are already facing difficulties because of the existing number of licensed premises in Park View, which would undermine the prevention of public nuisance licensing objective.”

Words: Herbert Soden, Local Democracy Reporter


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