Plans officially in for new Starbucks drive-thru on edge of South Shields Town Centre

Plans for a multi-million pound business development in South Shields town centre creating up to 40 jobs have officially been lodged.

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Those behind the scheme have said it represents a £3million investment into the site creating between 30-40 jobs and that there has already been interest in the units.

CGI image of proposed new development in South Shields including commercial units and Starbucks drive-thru.

The planning application for the site has been submitted with a raft of supporting documents, including a planning statement.

Applicants said the development would be in a sustainable location and would bring a vacant site back into use, alongside boosting footfall along the street and “improving the vitality of this area”.

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In addition, it was noted that no “sequentially preferable” sites were available in the area to meet the requirements of the development, including floor space and the drive-thru.

The planning statement adds: “The proposed development, by virtue of its location, layout, scale and design, would not result in a visually intrusive, or harmful development.

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Picture of site off Claypath Lane and Crossgate, near South Shields Town Hall. Picture: Google Streetview.

“It is considered that the proposed scale, design, materials and size of the units is acceptable in this location.

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“The buildings would blend well with the surrounding landscape, and the development would therefore accord with local plan policies, and the National Planning Policy Framework as a whole.

“The development would not have any implications for the amenities of local residents, and a safe vehicular access to the site and adequate parking and refuse storage within the site would be provided”.

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According to planning documents, the site once accommodated an office block but this was demolished with the land now sitting vacant.

A decision on plans for the commercial units and drive-thru will be made once a period of council consultation has concluded.

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For more information on the proposal or to track its progress, visit South Tyneside Council’s online planning portal and search reference: ST/0746/22/FUL