New homes could be built on the site of a former South Tyneside social club – if plans get the green light.
For years councillors and residents have battled to have the former Hebburn New Town Social Club pulled down.
The venue had attracted arsonists and vandals, and in 2011 a huge blaze engulfed the building leading to the already damaged structure to be labelled by one former councillor as “dangerous.”
Eventually the building on Tennant Street was demolished and since then the land it once stood on has lain vacant.
Plans to convert the site into private apartments, in the past, did not gain planning permission.
However, planning chiefs have received a re-submission of a planning application – asking permission for seven three-storey terraced homes with parking to be built on the site.
Councillor Richard Porthouse said: “I would like to see the site developed, and I’m sure the planning application will be well received by the residents.”
The application also includes the partial removal of an existing planter to make way for three car parking places and the reinstatement of a footway.
People are able to leave comments and view the planning application by visiting South Tyneside Council’s website.
The former Hebburn Newtown Social Club was once very popular, serving staff at the old Reyrolle factory nearby, but trade declined and the club closed more than five years ago.
Comments on the plans can be submitted until December 14 by visiting www.southtyneside.gov.uk/ going to the planning portal and entering planning application number ST/0998/15/FUL