Morrisons and Greggs show interest in Saxon pub site – despite objections from Hartlepool residents

The former Saxon Pub Easington Road

The former Saxon Pub Easington Road

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A FORMER pub will be transformed into a new retail unit and food takeaway after councillors agreed plans despite objections from nearby residents.

Developers say up to six jobs could be created by changing the use of the Saxon Pub site, in Easington Road, after Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee agreed plans.

Speaking after the meeting, Jim Martin, the architect working on behalf of the applicant Ingleby Barwick Land and Property Developments, said supermarket chain Morrisons and bakers Greggs had both expressed an interest in the retail unit but nothing has been confirmed. The takeaway will have its hours restricted to 11pm at night.

Plans were approved by six votes to one despite concerns raised at the meeting by a resident and Labour councillor Stephen Thomas, who represents the De Bruce ward, who raised concerns about traffic problems.

It went before the planning committee because there was 14 objections in total around anti-social behaviour, traffic and litter concerns.

Objector Catherine Hubery, who lives to the rear of the pub, said: “There will be a significant detrimental impact to the adjoining properties.”

Mr Martin, who said he was “very pleased” to get permission, added: “This is going to be a really good high class development.”

There is no set timescale for when the changes to the boarded up building will be made. Outline plans to build two retail units to the south of the existing building, which has a large car park attached to it, were also agreed.

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