BUILDING work has started on a new pub and family restaurant on a former derelict site next to one of the main roads into Hartlepool.
Earlier this summer Greene King Developments lodged plans with Hartlepool Borough Council for a new Hungry Horse pub and restaurant to be built on the corner of Belle Vue Way and Brenda Road.
Fencing has been erected and work has started to clear the site of overgrown bushes and grass ahead of construction work.
The new pub and family restaurant is expected to be open for business by next March.
The overgrown land has been empty for several years, but it used to house an occupational therapy centre and then a child guidance centre.
Planning documents said the building will be located in the north eastern corner of the site at the junction of Brenda Road and Belle Vue Way, with room for 79 car parking spaces.
The ground floor will include the restaurant and bar area and beer cellar/wines and spirits store with a flat for the manager and a second flat for the assistant manager on the first floor.
The Hungry Horse site is opposite the popular Tees Bay Retail Park, off the main road into the town centre.
It is a welcome boost to the town after several pubs have closed or been demolished in recent years to make way for new food shops.
They include The Powlett pub, off Powlett Road, The Shakespeare, in Catcote Road, The Pink Domino, in Brierton Lane, and The Station Hotel, in Station Lane.