Ten things you said about the South Shields sea front scheme D-Day
Our revelation that controversial plans for sea front apartments are likely to be turned down has prompted a divided response from the public.
South Tyneside Borough Council officers are recommending that the bid for 23 apartments as part of a three-storey complex at the former Water's Edge pub, in Trow Lea, South Shields, be rejected next week.
A report to Tuesday's planning committee meeting cites the visual impact on the foreshore area and the historic Grade II-listed Trow Rock gun platform.While councillors can still reject the advice, the recommendation has still disappointed a number of Gazette readers.
Malcolm Nichol wrote on our Facebook page: "The place is a mess so people complain over nothing to keep the mess? The world is going mad."
Valerie Davidson added: "Well I don’t see any problem. More rates for the council cannot be bad."
Andy Gibbins commented: "I can't see what the problem is in building there? Privately owned and the place is a mess. Get them built and tidy the place up, I say."
Michelle Wall feared: "We will just watch a rat-infested derelict building become more of an eyesore!! Good on you."
Armando Saroukos said: "Cue the refusals from people that would snatch them in a second if they could live there so I say go ahead."
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Water's Edge pub owner Kevin Brogan's plans have also attracted criticism with more than 300 letters of objection sent to the council.
Discussing the recommendation on Facebook, Peter St Clair wrote: "That's good news. If planning permission was granted it would be the thin end of the wedge.
"More would invariably follow, causing a blot on the landscape of our town's beautiful sea front."
Liz Anderson added: "Knock it down and put it back to the way it was. A nice open space for everyone to enjoy, views of the sea, no more buildings."
Maria Lipscombe said: "Yes it’s right decision as once some houses are built they would just build all along and spoil the coastline."
Paula Dawes agreed, writing: "Would be great to see it refused. Something needs to be there, do something for the kids.
Nichola Farrell continued: "Don't destroy the beautiful seaside that we are so lucky to have. It is the best thing about South Shields."