South Shields seafront pub Platform 33 to create impressive new beer garden after plans approved

Proposals for a new and improved beer garden at a popular South Shields pub have been given the go-ahead by planning chiefs.
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Earlier this year, plans were lodged with South Tyneside Council’s planning department to make changes at the landmark seafront venue Platform 33.

The application from Partypods Ltd aimed to update the establishment’s outdoor area facing Sea Road.

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This included a small extension to make way for four permanent ‘parasol structures’ with associated tables and chairs.

Platform 33 at South Shields' seafrontPlatform 33 at South Shields' seafront
Platform 33 at South Shields' seafront

Following consultation, the plans were approved on July 30 with no objections lodged from the council’s environmental health, ecology or highways departments.

Following a revamp with a new layout and fittings and furnishings throughout, the venue reopened as Platform 33 in March 2020 – closing soon after due to lockdown, before reopening again with aplomb in July.

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Council planners stated the new works to the beer garden would meet council policies around tourism and promoting facilities at the foreshore.

A decision report reads: “The works would support the enhancement of the existing Platform 33 public house and would meet the objectives of policies in promoting the role of existing facilities along the foreshore as all-year-round leisure and visitor attractions.”

It goes on to say: “Having regard to the existing use of the site (including the extensive outdoor seating already available at the public house to both its front and rear) and the surrounding land uses, as well as the separation distance to the nearest residential dwellings, it is not considered that the small additional section of outdoor seating would result in any unacceptable impacts on neighbouring amenity through noise generation or general disturbance.

“The council’s community safety team has confirmed that they are content with the proposal, while there are tools available under the licensing and environmental health regimes to ensure that the development would not result in an unacceptable impact on the nearest residential properties (including those along Bents Park Road) through noise generation or general disturbance.”

South Tyneside Council’s countryside officer also confirmed the plans would not have any direct, or indirect, impact on any habitats associated with nearby nature sites.

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