Beauty salon plans approved for former bank
The green light has been given for beauty salon plans at a former South Shields bank.
Earlier this year, a ‘change of use application’ was lodged for the former Lloyds Bank, in Prince Edward Road, at the Nook.
The site has remained derelict since the branch closed its doors in June 2017, due to falling customer numbers.
At the time of the closure, customers had their accounts realigned to King Street around two miles away.
On June 7, South Tyneside Council approved a fresh bid to bring the site back into use as a nail and beauty salon.
During consultation, objections were received stating there were enough hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons on Prince Edward Road.
However, council planners argued the change of use would help boost business in the area.
A council report reads: “The proposed change of use would bring a vacant unit back into use within an established shoppingparade, improving the vitality of this main district shopping centre
“The proposal would not result in the loss of an existing retail unit; and would be in accordance with the outlined development plan policies.
“It is judged that it would be acceptable in terms of the principle of the proposed commercial use in this location.”
Planners added they had no issues with potential noise or parking issues linked to the business use in future.
According to documents submitted by the applicant, the new business is expected to create three jobs.
Agreed opening hours will be 9am-6pm, Monday to Saturday and 10am-4pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
And under council planning rules, work must start on the site within the next three years.