Popular Hartlepool pub to become house after plans approved

Plans have been approved to convert a popular pub on the Headland into a house.

Thursday, 11th March 2021, 1:16 pm

Proposals were submitted to Hartlepool Borough Council planning department last year to make the changes to The New Inn public house on the corner of Durham Street and Broadfield Road.

The plans, from Mr Ashley Andrews, allow the building to be converted from a two-storey pub into a five bedroom residential property.

A report from council senior planning officer Jane Tindall confirmed the proposals have been approved, stating they constitute ‘sustainable development’ in the area .

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The New Inn pub at the Headland is to become a house after conversion plans were approved
The New Inn pub at the Headland is to become a house after conversion plans were approved

She said: “The site is located within a predominantly residential area and therefore the principle of development in this location is acceptable.

“The proposal will allow the building to be used and will enhance the area.

“It is considered on balance that the application is acceptable with respect to the relevant material planning considerations.”

A design and access statement, previously submitted on behalf of the applicant, states minimal work would be done to the building, and it is hoped the development could progress ‘in the coming months’.

It said: “Planning permission/change of use is sought to alter the former public house into a residential property that will ultimately secure the properties built form for now and into the future.

“The building will remain exactly as it is except for the removal of public house signage and the incorporation of a garage door to facilitate off street parking as requested by HBC [Hartlepool Borough Council].

“We would recommend that the change of use be welcomed and approved as soon as possible so that commencement on site is made within the coming months.”

The house is to feature a living room, dining room, kitchen, toilet and utility room on the ground floor, and five bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor.

At the time of plans being submitted, pub bosses, posting on ‘The New Inn’ Facebook page, stressed they remained open as usual for the time being, with updates to be provided on future developments.

They said: “Nothing has changed except an application has been submitted to HBC [Hartlepool Borough Council] for a change of use for the building.

“We will keep you updated with further developments.”

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