Anger at plans to turn former Hartlepool pub into shops

Building work underway at the former Mowbray Public House
Building work underway at the former Mowbray Public House

RESIDENTS close to a former pub have lodged a series of objections against plans to create three new retail units.

Planning councillors are being urged to approve a planning application for external works to the former Mowbray Pub, on the Fens estate, in Hartlepool.

The application will be discussed by Hartlepool Borough Council’s planning committee tomorrow.

Eleven people who live close to the site are objecting to the proposal.

They list concerns of anti-social behaviour if the units are used for an off licence and litter if there was to be a takeaway.

Noise and disturbance, traffic and the loss of a community facility are among the other objections.

Other objectors claimed not enough people had been consulted and said they would prefer to see the building used as housing for families or the elderly.

Euro Property Management moved in to buy the pub and is ploughing thousands of pounds into re-developing it.

Works to the inside of the building have already taken place and three national chains already shown an interest in moving into the units.

The application is for alterations to windows and shop fronts to create three retail units as well as the building of a boundary wall, fence and service gates.

The council says planning permission for a change of use is not needed for the building to switch from a pub to shops.

And officers say concerns about falling property prices and worries linked to what the shops might be used for are not material considerations.

Senior planning officer Sinead Turnbull said in a report: “It is considered that the proposed alterations to the building would be in keeping with the character and appearance of the building, the site and the surrounding area.

“In terms of residential amenity, the use of the premises cannot be considered, as planning permission is not required for the change of use in this circumstance.”

The meeting will take place at 10am in the Civic Centre.