Shop plans for former Seaton Carew pub agreed

The Schooner public house.
The Schooner public house.
  • Paul Thompson, Seaton councillor

Conversion plans for a former Seaton Carew pub have been approved by councillors.

The Schooner in Warrior Drive has been empty for several months since it closed earlier in the summer.

Over the summer in particular this building has been plagued with anti social behaviour

Developer SEP Properties submitted plans to convert the building into two shop units and a micro pub.

The car park is also to be altered and the former manager’s flat on the first floor to two apartments.

Councillors on Hartlepool Borough Council unanimously backed the plans at a meeting of the planning committee.

A number of near neighbours objected in writing to the council about the scheme stating it would be out of character with the area, increase traffic and car parking problems, impact on the amenity of residents including nose and disturbance, and that the retail units are necessary.

Seaton ward councillor Paul Thompson said many fears had been addressed by changes made by the developer to the plans.

Coun Thompson said: “I’ve had a number of conversations with the applicant and the owner of the site which has seen the third lot of plans being submitted.

“The residents who I’ve spoken to who had concerns about the way the scheme had been put together are now a lot happier with the final version that has been put in.”

But he asked for consideration to be given to introducing yellow lines or some other restrictions to stop lazy customers parking in Forester Drive or on Warrior Drive when visiting the new shops.

Coun Thompson added: “Please approve this, let the developer get on and do the work because over the summer in particular this building has been plagued with anti social behaviour.”

Councillors on the committee also asked for negotiations to take place around delivery times to protect residents and said they wanted to see work start within a year.

Senior planning officer Daniel James said: “In terms of visual amenity it’s considered the proposals would not adversely affect the character and appearance of the surrounding area and that the proposal would bring back an empty building into use.

“It is considered the proposal would not result in an unacceptable loss of amenity or privacy to surrounding properties.

“The council’s traffic and transport section have raised no objection to the proposal.”