New 'healthy options' cafe set to open in Hartlepool after winning planning permission

Praise has been given for plans to bring a new cafe featuring healthy options to the site of a former dance and music academy after they were approved by planning bosses.

Sunday, 1st September 2019, 6:00 am
Updated Sunday, 1st September 2019, 6:36 pm
The unit, which will be converted into a cafe

Proposals were submitted to Hartlepool Borough Council earlier this year for one of the units at Enterprise House in Thomlinson Road to be converted into a cafe.

The site was last used as an academy of music and performing arts and has been vacant for more than a year, but council planning officers have now confirmed the site is set to be brought back to life as a cafe, approving the plans.

Applicant Pamela Wright said the cafe would sell hot dinners, breakfasts, hot and cold sandwiches, jacket potatoes, drinks and snacks, many of which would be healthy.

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The entrance to Enterprise House

Praise was given to the plans from residents stating it is an example of a growing business and will provide healthy options.

A comment from Lisa Towning, from Billingham, said: “I am often in the area despite not living in the town and feel that a cafe in this location particularly one offering healthy options would be a huge asset and prove popular.”

In total five comments of support were received backing the move, although there was one objection from a resident raising concerns over parking and demand for it.

The Irvine Road resident said: “There is already a new cafe just opened in Greatham Street which is struggling so this would impact that business straight away.

“Parking is also a major issue, yellow lines are all around the estate and big heavy duty wagons struggle to park.”

However Mrs Wright said there would be a demand from neighbouring businesses and passing trade.

The site’s proposed opening hours are 7am up until 7pm through the week, 8am until 4pm Saturday and 9am to 4pm on a Sunday, and four-part time staff would work at the cafe.

Inside seating would be available for ‘at least eight people’ according to the plans and it is anticipated service would be 80% for in the cafe and 20% to takeaway.