South Shields seafront flats plans cause quite a stir

The Waters Edge pub, which could be redeveloped.
The Waters Edge pub, which could be redeveloped.

Plans to turn a seafront pub into apartments have ‘shore’ been making a splash with Gazette readers.

The owners of the Waters Edge pub at Trow Lea, South Shields, have submitted a planning application to South Tyneside Council to transform it into a three-storey apartment block containing 21 two-bedroomed flats.

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

Readers on the Gazette’s Facebook and website pages have had varying views about the proposed development, which has been designed by John Waugh Architects of Houghton-le-Spring.

Shelley Sullivan Desborough said: “Couldn’t think of anything better, let’s hope I win the lottery as they’re going up for sale.”

While Karin Barron added: “No way !!! Maybe a modern coffee bar/cafe but not a block of flats.”

Craig Judd was worried about the building in years to come and wrote: “The flooding and sand drift will be a problem as it is now, plus with the coastal erosion, doubt the apartments will retain their value.”

And Dappa1066 remembered the failed plans from back in 2007 which were to transform nearby Gypsies Green into a hotel.

He typed: “You have to be kidding, Gypsies Green is standing there doing nothing for years. A hotel was proposed that would be beneficial but got knocked back, and now you want to cover the view of our coastline with two-bed flats. Get real, I don’t think it will go down well, we have enough eye sores in the town.”

Didacts was worried about the wildlife.

He added: “Please, please, please don’t build flats at this place of natural beauty.”

And Rabart was wondering what the potential new development could be called.

He suggested: “How about Trow Landing?”

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