The plans to change a bingo hall site located in South Tyneside into new homes were dismissed. An application was made to the South Tyneside Council for the former Mecca Hall to be turned into 56 apartments. It is located on the Dean Road, South Shields.
The plan also featured a gym, coffee shop, beauty salon and two more retail stores. Wardman Brown submitted the project on behalf of Dennis Harley Developments, and the planning officials recommended that they give it a try. Unfortunately, the planning committee has completely rejected the bid, because there might too many issues with parking.
The issue problem with cars was raised at a meeting that was held at Jarrow Town Hall during October. Approximately ten people wrote letters which objected the conversion plan. This included residents of both Imeary Street and Dean Road.
There were various issues. Most of these included loss of privacy, parking pressure, and even noise disturbance during the construction. Both The Cadets Association and Reserve Forces opposed this plan. Currently, Londonderry Hall is used by the Cadets, and they fear that their training exercises might lead to complaints from the future residents.
The applicant stated that this conversion is appropriate, as the access to the site will be improved, and the plan will comply with the current policy. An objector said that the roads might struggle to cope with the additional traffic which will be generated by the new residents as well as the visitors to the retail shops.