Former club site homes approved

PLANS for new homes to be built on the site of a former workingmen’s club have been given the go-ahead.

Durham County Council’s area planning committee has approved plans for 11 new houses on the site of the former Blackhall Workingmen’s Club, in the village’s Cemetery Road.

Planners backed the development on the condition that a Section 106 agreement is signed so that the developer pays a financial contribution in lieu of playing space.

As part of the development, the properties would be set within two blocks, one containing four terraced houses and the other housing seven properties, as well as 18 parking spaces.

Parking concerns had been expressed from Monk Hesleden Parish Council and two residents.

But a report to the committee said it was considered that the development would not have an adverse impact on the surrounding area.

Blackhall’s representative on Durham County Council, Councillor Alan Cox, previously told the Hartlepool Mail that popular acts to play at the club included The Nolans, Alvin Stardust and The Bachelors.

He said the smoking ban and cheap supermarket alcohol prices had been factors in the demise of the club, which was thought to have been built in the 1950s and was demolished before Christmas.