Former fruit and veg store in Hebburn’s Mountbatten Shopping Centre set to become nail and beauty salon after planning green light

Plans for a new nail and beauty salon at a Hebburn shopping centre have been given the green light.

Earlier this year, South Tyneside Council’s planning department registered a planning application for St James Mall, at Mountbatten Shopping Centre.

According to planning documents, the vacant unit was previously used for the sale of fruit and vegetables several years ago.

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New plans aimed to change the use of the space from a retail shop to a nail and beauty salon.

The Mountbatten Centre, Hebburn
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During consultation, one letter of objection was received from a local business owner stating: “The town does not need another salon and would not make the centre more appealing.”

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After considering the application however, the local authority’s planning department approved it on March 10.

A report prepared by planning officers said a nail or beauty salon would be a “main town centre use that could be expected in such a location and as such the use proposed is acceptable”.

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The Mountbatten Shopping Centre is situated in the heart of Hebburn town centre and includes an external shopping centre with a parade of retail units known as St John’s Precinct and St James Mall.

The centre also provides a broad range of retailers, including national and local operators.

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According to the planning application, the new nail and beauty salon would have two full-time employees and one part-time employee.

Proposed opening hours would also be 9am – 6pm, Monday to Saturday, and 11am - 5pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

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For more information on the planning application, visit the council’s online planning portal and search reference: ST/1212/21/FUL

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