Plans to open a new restaurant in Hartlepool have been supported by councillors.
Applicant Ingleby Barwick Land and Property Developments is seeking planning permission for a change of use to the first floor of the former Saxon pub on Easington Road.
Hartlepool Borough Council’s Planning Committee was ‘minded to approve’ the proposal when it discussed he plans.
But final permission hinges on town highway chiefs being satisfied with the amount of car parking that will be available to customers.
Council officers had recommended the committee refuse the application on the grounds that the 25-space car park, which also serves a fish and chip shop, convenience store and a florist, would be too small.
The original plan for the new restaurant was that it would seat up to 58 people which the council said meant it would require 29 parking spaces.
But agent Jonathan Helm said this has been reduced to 50 and the need for 25 spaces.
Mr Helm told the committee: “From observations the car park is only lightly used and it is considered that in reality setting aside the standard parking requirement there will be sufficient availability of on site parking to cater for the restaurant and existing retail element.”
It is not known what type of restaurant it is planned to be.
Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher supported the proposal.
He said: “I do believe that it would be beneficial to the economic picture.
“Previously the site was a public house. I think we can get this right and we have got the safeguards in place.”
Highway officers said they need time to decide if the parking would be sufficient depending on any overlap in opening times with other businesses.
Subject satisfactory talks, the final decision will be made by the chair of the planning committee.
Chair Councillor Rob Cook said: “Once that agreement is reached it will be passed to myself to approve or not.”