PLANS have been submitted to convert a former Salvation Army hall in South Tyneside into a restaurant and hot food takeaway.
Members of South Tyneside Council’s planning committee will next week consider an application for the vacant hall in Hedworth Lane, Boldon Colliery.
A report to the committee concludes the change of use from a former retail unit would “contribute to the improving vitality and viability of this local neighbourhood centre”.
It says that the restaurant, which will trade until 11pm, would be sited in an area of “late-night activity” – including a convenience store and two public houses.
However, the bid is being opposed by Coun Joanne Bell, who represents Labour in the Boldon Colliery ward.
She is concerned about off-street parking in the location.
She said: “There is limited off-street parking at this location, and the proposed restaurant would be unable to provide car parking for clients.
“Residents are already considering a request for residents-only parking to protect their parking needs.
“The majority of customers at this location are private homes, so it is not suitable for a mixed-use business.”
Members of the council’s planning committee are to meet at South Shields Town Hall from 10am next Monday to consider the application.