New garden centre and cafe coming to South Shields after plans approved for expanding business

Proposals for a new garden centre and café at a South Shields trading park have been given the stamp of approval by borough planners.

Back in 2021, South Tyneside Council registered a planning application for unit one at the Western Approach Trade Park in the town.

The unit, which sits within the Beacon and Bents ward, was previously used as a builder’s merchant.

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New plans from South Shields-based Brickwork Direct Ltd aimed to change the use of the land and buildings to a mixed use offering offices and a garden centre with an ancillary customer café.

A file picture of a cup of coffee after plans were approved for a new garden centre and cafe.

According to planning documents, the firm provides bespoke bricklaying, brickwork and stone construction services across a range of sectors, including education, health and social housing, and employs a range of staff and sub-contractors.

Following expansion in recent years, Brickwork Direct Ltd acquired an established landscaping business and set up a small garden centre business primarily involving the supply and build of polytunnels and sale of plants.

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A planning statement submitted with the planning application for Western Approach Trade Park states the change of use would provide a new headquarters for the Brickwork Direct group of companies.

The planning statement goes on to say: “The application proposals involve the mixed use re-use of an existing vacant property occupying a highly accessible location in close proximity to South Shields town centre and the site therefore represents an entirely acceptable location for new development in principle.

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The development will take shape on a site off Western Approach.

“The application property is not currently generating any job opportunities or making a positive contribution to the local economy and the proposed development represents further capital investment within the local area by a successful local business and will provide new headquarters for Brickwork Direct Limited.

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“The company currently provide direct and indirect employment for over 200 local people and the application proposals will deliver a number of additional job opportunities across a range of full and part time roles.

“The economic and employment benefits of the proposed development are considerable and should be afforded substantial weight in the decision-making process.”

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After assessing the application, South Tyneside Council’s planning department approved it on February 24, 2022.

Under planning conditions, works must be brought forward within three years.

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For more information on the application, visit South Tyneside Council’s online planning portal and search reference: ST/1015/21/FUL

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