More than 300 objections submitted over apartment development plans for South Shields seafront

The Water's Edge pub could be transformed into seafront flats.
The Water's Edge pub could be transformed into seafront flats.

More than 300 objections have been submitted the council opposing a plan to turn the site of a South Shields seafront pub in to flats.

The Waters Edge Pub at Trow Lea faces being bulldozed to make way for a 23-apartment, three-storey, housing development.

The plans would see the Water's Edge pub on the seafront be replaced with flats.

The plans would see the Water's Edge pub on the seafront be replaced with flats.

The planning application has been submitted to South Tyneside Council by private developer Kevin Brogan, the owner of the pub.

Under the plans, designed by Houghton-based architect John Waugh, the apartments would feature detached garage blocks, car parking, a detached bin store and vehicle access.

Residents had 14 days to submit comments on the plans with the consultation period ending last Friday.

In that time the council received more than 300 objections to the plans and just a small number in support of them.

How the proposed development on the site of the Waters Edge pub would look.

How the proposed development on the site of the Waters Edge pub would look.

A council spokeswoman said: “All representations will be carefully considered alongside other material planning matters when the application is determined by the planning committee later in the year.”

A plan was originally lodged by Mr Brogan in November 2015 for 21 two-bedroomed apartments but, just days before it was due to be considered by the council’s planning committee in February 2016 it was withdrawn.

During the consultation period, many residents voiced concerns about the impact the development would have on the environment and wildlife.

Others said it would spoil the view of the coastline and pave the way for other developers to build on the seafront.

But some welcomed the idea of more housing in the town in a beautiful location.

A decision looks set to be made at a Planning Committee meeting on Friday, September 28.

To view the application visit: https://bit.ly/2t5VLaH