Revamp plans for iconic North East hotel set to get the green light

The Park Hotel, Tynemouth.The Park Hotel, Tynemouth.
The Park Hotel, Tynemouth.
Plans to transform a landmark Tynemouth hotel are set to be rubber stamped by councillors.

The Inn Collection Group bought the Park Hotel in April and previously submitted plans to pull down part of northern wing and central area of the hotel.

The hospitality firm lodged proposals for a two-storey extension to provide 20 hotel bedrooms, a single storey fish and chip takeaway and ice cream parlour, hotel kitchen, internal plant room, toilets and core circulation space, extended and improved external terrace are and car parking.

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A design and access statement, lodged with North Tyneside Council, said the proposals would give the historic building a “sustainable long-term future use”.

It said: “The vision of the proposed design is to redevelop the site to provide a sustainable, well designed to current standards, hotel, restaurant and takeaway food outlets which sit well and comfortably within the Conservation Area environment.”

The document warned the hotel has been in “steady decline” in recent years, but said its new owners want to invest in its future.

These plans, it said, will create “high quality development that will preserve the character and identity of the Park Hotel and ensure a viable future for this important building”.

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However, the sections that the Northumberland-based firm wants to replace were added decades later in the 1960s and 70s.

A report from authority planners recommended approval for the scheme subject to a section 106 legal agreement.

In this case the Inn Collection Group would be expected to pay £10,000 towards employment and training initiatives and £6,682 towards the coastal mitigation service.

North Tyneside Council’s planning committee will vote on the proposal next Tuesday.