Whitley Bay 'wasteland' seafront site could get new lease of life

A homes development is planned for a derelict Whitley Bay seafront site labelled as a "wasteland"

Whitley Bay promenade
Whitley Bay Promenade, which has stood empty for several years

A decision will be taken today on proposals for a prominent “wasteland” seafront site which has stood empty for several years.

The cleared site at the junction of the Esplanade and Promenade in Whitley Bay was formerly the Alletsa ballroom and then Sylvester’s night club.

North Tyneside councillors will today consider a bid to develop the site for nine houses and five apartments.

The new proposals follow the announcement last week of a £182,000 development grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund for the council to work up plans for the Spanish City Dome, which if successful will lead to a further £3.7m award.

The Alletsa site proposal would involve the demolition of an adjacent empty town house on the Esplanade, which is in poor condition.

Councillors are being advised to back the application. Planners describe the site as “an area of wasteland”.

They said: “It is undesirable for a building and a site in such a prominent location to continue to lie vacant for a prolonged period of time.”

The council’s regeneration team have offered its support for the proposed development, saying that it will support the council’s aim of rejuvenating our coast.

New residential use would also help bring additional spend into the local economy, which will support Whitley Bay town centre, while the redevelopment of what is a prominent seafront site will provide encouraging evidence of recovery in the local housing market and the attractiveness of the coast as a place to live, work and take leisure.

The former Hotel Esplanade. opposite the site has already been converted into apartments in a separate scheme.

Planning permission was given in 2006 for a care home on the neighbouring site to the east, the former Whiskey Bends bar.

But this permission has now lapsed and the site remains vacant with no current known plans for its future redevelopment.

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