Social club facing demolition to make way for housing development

The Tunnel Club Jarrow, former Jarrow Ex-Servicemens Club
The Tunnel Club Jarrow, former Jarrow Ex-Servicemens Club

TIME is set to be called on a South Tyneside social club next week.

Members of South Tyneside Council’s planning committee will be recommended to give the go-ahead for the construction of an affordable housing development on the site of the Tunnel Club, formerly Jarrow Ex-Servicemen’s Club.

If the proposals are agreed, the North Street building will be demolished to make way for a four-storey apartment block made up of 48 affordable housing units.

The development, aimed at people over the age of 55, is a joint project by South Tyneside Housing Ventures and Newcastle-based builder Galliford Try Partnerships North.

Monday’s meeting will be told that there are no objections to the plans from people living near the club. Members are even to be presented with two letters of support from neighbours.

The move will bring to an end the club’s colourful history.

Only last year, its members became embroiled in a row with the Brigham and Cowan Social Club in South Shields.

They were angry at being forced to sign in at the Mile End Road venue and asked to pay a small entrance fee in a dispute over the Jarrow club’s CIU affiliation.

A report to the committee says: “The proposal is considered to be acceptable in terms of its layout and design, impact on the general character of the area, amenities of the neighbours, highway safety and a council objective of delivering sustainable development.

“The loss of the existing building and open space is not considered to outweigh the benefits of the proposal.”

The club is scheduled to close in early April.

The planning committee’s meeting takes place at South Shields Town Hall at 10am.

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