Convenience store plans to transform ‘awful’ boozer by getting green light a second time


Plans to turn an ‘awful’ pub into a convenience store were approved on second request.

Hardip Singh successfully petitioned Middlesbrough Council to change the use of Newcastle House to Ingram Road after his initial proposals were rejected.

According to his plans, the ground floor of the pub will be turned into a store while the first floor will remain as residential accommodation.

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Cllr Lee Garvey, who represents Berwick Hills and Pallister, said he thought it was a positive solution although he thought there could have been better uses.

The Middlesbrough Independent Group adviser added: ‘It couldn’t stay the way it was, we’ve been fighting for ages to get it tidied up to make it respectable to try and get the council to get on the backs of the people who owned it. do something with it.

“It’s a positive result, it could have been better but it’s better than leaving it as it is.”

However, certain conditions are attached to the council’s decision.

A noise assessment must be carried out and approved by the town hall before the change of use, the store can only be open between 7 a.m. and 9:30 p.m., and deliveries / garbage collection must only take place between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday and public holidays.

The owner will need to receive written permission for any outdoor lighting, a 2m fence on the site must be erected, bins or goods carts cannot be stored outside and the grass edge outside. front of the pub will need to be paved.

The council had previously rejected the plans and in February 2021 a spokesperson said the change would “adversely impact the vitality and viability of the nearby Berwick Hills centre”.

However, in the approved proposals, ELG Planning, which works on behalf of Mr Singh, argued that its new store would not impact stores as it would serve a “very localized catchment area, which is relatively small”.

He also said that Newcastle House was the only place big enough for the store and that other sites in Berwick Hills Center and empty units in Norfolk Place were too small.

The former boozer is included on the council’s list of dreadful sites and the local authority has worked with owners of properties on the list to ‘reduce the burden of blocked developments on local communities’.

Other places on this list include the site of the Marton Country Club, the Middlehaven Pub on Stockton Street and the old Quoit Club on Addington Drive.

The Crown and Miter in North Ormesby was also on the list but has since been converted into apartments and in February last year planning permission was granted to turn the former Liberty nightclub into four industrial units.

Recently Cllr Eric Polano, Executive Member for Regeneration, and Cllr Mick Saunders called on the owners of a former petrol garage at 56 Cargo Fleet Lane / Bournemouth Avenue to come forward as the site has stood empty for almost 20 years .

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