New 'bulky goods retail store' to open in closed South Shields carpet shop under new plans

Plans to convert a former South Shields carpet shop into a ‘bulky goods retail store’ have been given the go-ahead by council planners.

By Chris Binding
Wednesday, 1st April 2020, 3:34 pm

South Tyneside Council received an application for the retail space on 104 Victoria Road.

According to planning documents, the carpet shop has been vacant since August 2018.

Under new plans, applicant Dallas Carpets Ltd aimed to re-purpose the vacant site as a bulky goods retail store.

The building on Victoria Road

A previous application to allow for the sale of pet foods, goods and accessories was previously refused planning permission.

New plans aim to widen the range of retail development at the site.

This could include bulky electrical goods, furniture, carpets and floor coverings, bulky DIY and garden goods, motor vehicle and cycle goods.

However, applicants have said there is “no specific end user in mind” for the space.

South Tyneside Council approved the plans on March 17.

Planners noted the change of use would have economic benefits for the area.

Planning documents also confirm that the applicant had explored other potential sites in and around South Shields, Jarrow and Hebburn as well as other local centres.

A decision report goes on to say: “It is considered that the application submission has demonstrated that the sequential test is passed as there are no sequentially preferable sites within a reasonable distance of the application site that are suitable, available or viable.”

Under planning conditions, work must take place on site in the next three years.

It is not yet known when the shop will open, particularly in light of the current coronavirus lockdown.