Plans for new homes on former South Tyneside social club site get the go-ahead
Earlier this year, bulldozers moved in on the Neon Social Club, off Nairn Street, to prepare the site for a new estate.
The venue had served communities on the Scotch Estate for years but recently closed due to falling customer numbers.
Plans for a 23-home estate were lodged in 2018, with applicant Premier Leisure reducing numbers to 17 before settling on 14.
This includes a mix of 12 three-bedroom homes and two two-bedroom homes, all with private parking.
Premier Leisure owns the Neon site, adjacent Red Hackle pub and several other venues across South Tyneside.
On Monday, November 18, the firm won permission from the council’s planning committee to redevelop the site.
During consultation, Bede ward councillor Keith Roberts raised concerns about health and safety and working practices during the demolition of the Neon.
Other fears included increased levels of traffic, parking issues and the access to the new estate.
Council planning officers, recommending the scheme for approval, said there had been no objections from highway officers and noted several amendments to the scheme.
This included extra resident and visitor parking and specialist works on select properties to reduce noise pollution.
A new vehicle access to the adjacent church car park – currently accessed through the Neon car park – will also be created from Nairn Street.
Following discussion, councillors backed the scheme for the brownfield site.
Coun Geraldine Kilgour called for the council to keep a “close eye” on the development from a building control perspective.
According to a planning report, the homes will be provided for private sale.
Under planning conditions, the developer is expected to pay £5,642 to the council towards potential impacts on nature areas.
This includes the Northumbria Coast Special Protection area and Durham Coast Special Area of Conservation.
Car parking to the Red Hackle Pub from Dundee Court will be retained under the plans.
Construction work and deliveries will also be limited to 8am-6pm, Monday to Friday and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.