Flat plan approved for former Indian bar and restaurant in Sunderland which planners say will boost Sunniside conservation area

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Last year, Sunderland City Council’s (SCC) planning department received a planning application for John Street.

Applicant Sundridge Properties Ltd has applied for permission to convert the bar and restaurant building into five self-contained apartments.

According to plans, the building was previously used as a bar, then as an Indian restaurant which closed in late 2012.

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The latest proposals hope to “meet the demand for apartments in the city centre”, offering one and two bedroom apartments with en-suite bathrooms.

CSC’s planning department approved the program earlier this month.

A report on the decision called the program “acceptable in principle and unlikely to have unacceptable adverse effects”.

He added: ‘The proposed accommodation would see each apartment have habitable rooms of a reasonable size and most would benefit from good levels of outlook and daylight.

“While the kitchen in the basement apartment will receive indirect light and the bedrooms in a ground floor apartment will receive light from a skylight, these latter windows will be the length of the floor and windows should always provide a sufficient level of natural light; the public health team had no objections to the proposed layout.

Proposals submitted to council in 2021 said the scheme would ‘improve the existing building and preserve its future’ and have a ‘positive impact on the vibe of the neighbourhood’. [Sunniside] conservation area and would have no detrimental impact on the surrounding listed buildings or the wider conservation area.

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