Plans lodged for new cafeteria in Hartlepool to help those in need

Plans have been lodged for a new cafeteria which aims to provide food for those in need and facing financial troubles.

Saturday, 14th December 2019, 8:00 am
Proposals have been submitted to Hartlepool Borough Council to convert an office at Dimensional House, 81 Stranton, in the town into a cafeteria.

Plans have been lodged for a new cafeteria which aims to provide food for those in need and facing financial troubles.

Proposals have been submitted to Hartlepool Borough Council to convert an office at Dimensional House, 81 Stranton, in the town into a cafeteria.

The application from Peter Gowland states the facility, off Elwick Road, would be open to the public, not just those working in the building.

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The applicant hopes to convert an office at Dimensional House, 81 Stranton, in the town.

The building, which plans state has been chiefly dormant in recent years,  is now currently home to voluntary organisations, small businesses and social enterprises.

A planning statement from Mr Gowland said the site would add something to the area and he intends for the site to offer affordable food sessions and even free food to those in need.

He said: “The Stranton area is devoid of cafeteria facilities at the moment so this would provide a sustainable function in the area together with providing employment opportunities.

“A future intention of the facility would be to provide the surrounding community with affordable food sessions.

“Members of the local community, especially those who are financially strained, could access free or very low cost food on designated days.

“Now the building is to the most part occupied with small business users and voluntary groups it is felt that a cafeteria facility within the building would enhance the opportunities on offer and would provide a well need centrally based community facility for the Stranton area.”

The plans also include proposals to remove the timber doors and install a new aluminium glazed door plus side screen into the existing opening.

The applicant said the new door will allow for improved access for those with disabilities.

Neighbouring properties, ward councillors and appropriate council departments have been informed of the plans and to date no objections have been received.

A decision is expected to be made on the plans by the council planning department by the end of the month.

To comment on the application visit the Hartlepool Borough Council planning portal online and search reference number H/2019/0443.