Pub looks set to be flattened

DEMOLITION: The King Oswy pub, in King Oswy Drive, Hartlepool.
DEMOLITION: The King Oswy pub, in King Oswy Drive, Hartlepool.

A FORMER pub looks set to be demolished and replaced with a new food store if plans are agreed by councillors.

The King Oswy Hotel, in King Oswy Drive, Hartlepool, is currently empty and boarded up and plans are in place to replace it with a single storey retail unit.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee will meet next month to discuss the plans, which are for outline permission at this stage.

No details about which store or how many jobs it could create have been released at this stage.

Darlington-based Prism Planning have submitted the outline plans to the council and the planning committee will meet early April to make a decision.

Ahead of the meeting, officers have received four letters of objection and one letter of support.

Concerns raised include fears the new store will impact on existing shops in King Oswy Drive and concerns over an increase in traffic.

Despite the objections, planning officers are recommending the plans be approved.

Planning papers state: “It is proposed to demolish the existing building and in its place erect a modern single-storey retail unit.

“This is an outline application with some matters reserved at this time, however the means of access to the site, layout and scale are to be considered at this stage.”

Plans show there would be space for 18 parking bays, including four disabled bays and two cycle stands.

The application site is the former King Oswy pub, in King Oswy Drive, to the north of Gilberti Place and opposite the junctions of Nesbyt Road and Bruntoft Avenue.

Opposite the site on the north side of King Oswy Drive is St John Vianney Catholic Church and Presbytery and West View Methodist Church while St John Vianney RC Primary

School is next to the application site.

Council planners say the applicant is also proposing various highway safety improvements including extending the 20mph zone and relocating an existing bus stop in order to improve road safety.

There will also be a new service bay and cash point.

The council’s public protection officers have not raised any concerns as long as deliveries are restricted to between the hours of 7am and 9pm.

Meanwhile, Cleveland Police have not raised any objections, but have made recommendations in relation to security and CCTV provision.

Council papers said concerns had been raised that the development might attract anti-social behaviour but it is also noted that the retail unit would replace a pub from which “potentially similar nuisances could arise”.

The planning committee will meet on Wednesday, April 3 at 10am in the Civic Centre.