Councillors in favour of plans for police station

The former police station in Seahouses.
The former police station in Seahouses.

A bid to convert Seahouses’ former police station into a funeral home received a warm welcome from parish councillors.

Last year, it was confirmed that the police station in Seahouses was earmarked for closure, with the neighbourhood policing team moving to the fire station on Main Street.

The building, on James Street, was put up for sale and now a proposal has been submitted to the county council to convert the premises into a funeral home.

Applicant Alan Hailes, the funeral director, explained his plans at Monday night’s meeting of North Sunderland Parish Council, saying that the only real external changes would be freshening up the frontage.

Coun David Donaldson said: “I think it’s the best thing that could happen to a redundant building. We already have parking problems there so if it had gone to be housing, it would have exacerbated the problem.”

Mr Hailes said that staff would park round the back, which is also where unloading would take place.

He also explained that he rents his current premises.

Coun Donaldson added: “It makes good sense, good business sense.”

Members raised no issues with applications for a two-storey extension to the gable end, new pitched roof at the back and a new porch at 7 Osborne Terrace, North Lane; the removal of an exhaust pipe at Longstone Lighthouse on the Farne Islands; and changing the use of the old Post Office, 10 King Street, to wholly residential.

However, councillors were not happy with a retrospective bid for two heat pumps at 10 and 11 Sunnieside as they are blocking the pedestrian access to number 12.