Social club to be demolished to make way for housing

High Lane Row social club Hebburn
High Lane Row social club Hebburn

Last orders could soon be called for the final time at a South Tyneside social club now plans for a new housing development have been revealed.

South Tyneside Council’s planning committee will next week consider an application for demolition of the High Lane Social Club in Hebburn.

It would not harm the general character of the area


The High Lane Row club has been at the heart of the Hebburn Colliery area’s social life for decades and regularly hosts fundraising events.

The application is for the construction in its place of four apartments each with one bedroom, plus 10 houses offering either two or three bedrooms.

The layout seeks to retain trees at the perimeter of the site. Several of the trees are subject to preservation orders.

A report to the meeting, at South Shields Town Hall at 10am on Monday, says: “The outline proposal is acceptable in terms of its access, layout and scale.

“It would not harm the general character of the area, the amenities of the neighbours or highway safety and would accord with the council objective of delivering sustainable development.

“The potential environmental impacts of the proposal, including drainage, have been considered and are not considered, subject to the conditions suggested, to give rise to any demonstrable material harm.”

Committee members are recommended to endorse the plans, submitted by Harrogate-based Orbis Management.

Last month, the Tunnel Club, formerly the ex-servicemen’s club, in North Street, Jarrow, closed its doors for the final time. It is being bulldozed to make way for a 48-unit apartment block for older people.