With a scheme to transform a disused South Shields pub into luxury apartments rejected again earlier this month, we have dusted down a series of impressions showcasing how different artists have envisaged the future of the town and surrounding area.
1. Water's Edge
A black and white image from 1985 depicting how an artist thought the Water's Edge pub, at Trow Rocks, South Shields, would become. Are the people towards the left of drawing carrying surfboards or sunloungers - or maybe both?
2. Last orders
A five-year planning battle has raged since 2015 after the pub's decline.
3. What next?
A scheme to transform the disused site into luxury apartments was rejected in January 2020 after a planning appeal with the site now facing an uncertain future.
Photo: Paradise lost?
4. Flying high
Ever caught up in tailbacks before and during the current £125m scheme to transform Testo's Roundabout? Here's how the area is supposed to look once a flyover takes A19 motorists over the existing junction in 2021.
Photo: Other 3rd Party