Demolition plans approved for two former South Tyneside businesses

The buildings in Keppel Street
The buildings in Keppel Street

Demolition plans have been approved to knock down two former businesses as part of the £100million regeneration plan for South Shields.

An application, submitted to South Tyneside Council’s planning department, for the demolition of numbers 3 to 7 Keppel Street in South Shields, has been given the gree light.

The site used to be home to a travel agent’s and a snooker club.

The plans, which have been submitted by Muse Developments and South Tyneside Council, will see a new building – known as 5 Keppel Street – being created.

It will be a three-storey building and used for retail, business and financial services.

The application stated the application proposes is for a retail and office development in the town centre.

It adds: “It is an important development in its own right, and beneficial for the town of South Shields.

“5 Keppel Street will provide a key location for businesses wanting presence in the newly regenerated South Shields town centre.”

It adds: “More importantly, it compliments the statement of intent by South Tyneside Council in the continual regeneration of the town.”

This new building will be next to the town’s future transport interchange – which is earmarked for the Post Office site.

The Royal Mail Delivery office will be relocated to West Walpole Street on the Rekendyke Industrial Estate.

The application added: “The provision of 5 Keppel Street alongside the Interchange will begin the regeneration of the town centre and establish the principle objectives of the 365 Masterplan.”