Flats plans submitted for former retail space in South Shields's Frederick Street, as town moves towards more housing use

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Plans to convert retail units into flats on a South Shields shopping street have been submitted to borough development bosses.

South Tyneside Council’s planning department has received an application for the site in Frederick Street early this year.

The proposals, from applicant Capital Properties Solutions Ltd, have requested permission to change of use of several ground floor retail units to form five residential flats.

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The site is a prominent building in Frederick Street, with its upper floors boasting distinctive architectural features.

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Frederick Street, South Shields
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According to a planning application submitted to local authority officials, the site already has residential flats across the upper floors and the row of retail units below are “partially vacant”.

A submitted floor plan shows how the ground floor would be subdivided to make way for residential flats if new plans were approved.

This includes two two-bedroom flats and three one-bedroom flats of varying sizes, each with a living/dining area, kitchen and bathroom, as well as general bin storage areas and cycle parking to the rear.

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Works are also proposed to the elevation facing onto Frederick Street to reflect the residential use, including new windows in a similar style to the building’s first floor.

It is the latest application to turn former shopping space in the town into housing, following similar plans for King Street submitted last year.

A decision on the planning application will be made following the end of a consultation period on the scheme.

Comments on the housing plan are open until January 24 and can be submitted via South Tyneside Council’s online planning portal.

For more information on the plans, visit the council’s online planning portal and search reference: ST/1017/22/FUL