New cafe and dessert shop planned for rundown business unit in Hebburn

A new cafe and dessert shop could soon land in South Tyneside under plans lodged with council chiefs.

South Tyneside Council recently received an application for the venture at 154 Hedgeley Road in Hebburn.

According to planning documents, the property was previously used as storage for nearby fish and chip shop Top Fellas.

If approved, new plans for a cafe and dessert shop would create eight jobs – including two full-time and six part-time roles.

The new venture is expected to create eight jobs.

The applicant said the proposals would revamp a rundown building and convert it into a business providing employment and a service for the area.

A planning statement from the applicant, submitted to council planners, makes a case for the business, which will be considered by planners and councillors before a decision is made.

The statement reads: “As shown on the location plan, the site is in between a chinese takeaway and fish and chip shop.

“The current building is in need of refurbishment [and] the row of three buildings consist of two which are occupied by A5 [hot food takeaway] uses leaving one property unbalanced in the middle with no use.

“The property has been vacant for a number of years, which hasn’t helped the local area in any way. There are no benefits to the community.”

The planning statement goes on to say: “The proposed use will add to the offer on the road and [will] be compliant with both national and local planning policies.

“It makes sense to change the use and use the potential of the property which at the present time [does] nothing for the local environment, economy and social development of the area.”

Proposed opening hours for the cafe and dessert shop are 8am-10pm, Monday to Friday, 10am to 10pm on Saturdays and 4.30pm to 10pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Comments on the application can be made up until Wednesday, November 18 by writing to the council’s planning department or commenting on its online portal.

To find out more, visit and search planning reference: ST/0738/20/FUL

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