Seafront apartment block planned for site of landmark South Shields pub

The Water's Edge
The Water's Edge

Plans for 21 new apartments to be built on the site of a landmark seafront pub could soon be making waves.

Plans have been submitted to demolish the Waters Edge Pub, at Trow Lea, South Shields, to make way for a new three-storey apartment block, which would house 21 two-bedroomed apartments and have separate parking facilities.

However, the new building, if approved by South Tyneside council’s planning committee, will be in keeping with the surrounding coastal area.

It is not known who is planning to develop the site but the architect is John Waugh Architects of Houghton-le-Spring.

The application states: “The major intention for the scheme is to provide a landmark residential building fronting the beach, providing an aesthetically dynamic statement to residents and passers by.

“The massing of the building, particularly fronting South Promenade combined with the extensive use of white render has been designed to give a strong nautical character for the area and to sit comfortably in context with its surroundings.”

Residents living the closest to the pub, which is only open on certain days of the week, believe the change would be beneficial for the area.

Fitness instructor, Paul Mort, who has just moved to The Broadway, said: “Nobody in this street will be able to see it, so it’s not as if it will block any views.

“The pub seems to have struggled in recent years. Nothing has really taken off there and nobody seems to be sure if it’s open or closed, so I think it’s a good idea.

Another resident, who did not wish to be named agreed.

He said: “It would be nice to see that area being used properly. At the moment it just always seem to be empty, there’s a big car park there with not much going on.

“Our houses are too far back for it to cause us any issues. Anyway, the pub is already two storeys high, so it would only be a few more feet on top of what it is.”

However, a woman who lives on the street has a slight concern for potential residents driving along the access road, which currently leads from the pub to the Coast Road.

She said: “At times I struggle to get out of my drive, so if there’s a lot more traffic using that turn off opposite there might be some issues.

“But overall I think it a good idea.”

> Comments can be made on the plans until December 17 by visiting the planning section at www.southtyneside.gov.uk and searching for application ST/0894/15/FUL