Former dance studio in Whitley Bay set for demolition to make way for 12 new flats

The former 'Startastic Dance Studio', Park Road, Whitley Bay.
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The demolition and redevelopment of an ex-dance studio in Whitley Bay has been approved despite residents’ concerns over parking, privacy and overdevelopment.

North Tyneside Council’s planning committee has unanimously greenlit plans to demolish the former ‘Startastic’ dance studio and Age UK hub on Park Road in Whitley Bay. Councillors also approved the replacement of said building with a three-storey construction containing 12 new flats.

The plans have been controversial, with the original application for 16 flats generating scores of objections. In total, the application has generated more than 100 objections from locals ranging from overlooking concerns, parking worries and a loss of privacy.

Speaking on behalf of locals, Simon Bolam said: “We would urge the panel to consider whether to abide this in favour of housing targets, which would encourage more overdevelopment, should overshadow other priorities such as the topography of the site and the quality of life for existing residents. We urge you to reject this scheme in favour of one that works for all parties.”

Whitley Bay North councillor John O’Shea also objected to the proposals, and told the committee: “My view is that this is an overdevelopment, trying to cram 12 flats into a very small site, I have a real concern about that.”

The applicant Dean Hoyland said: “I’d just like to reassure the residents and the committee that I am a resident of Whitley Bay, I have been all my life, and I own three businesses in Whitley Bay. I haven't just come down to try and make some money, so Whitley Bay and how it is developed is really important to me.”

Mr Hoyland’s agent, Mr Daniel Puttick of RPN Planning Ltd, also reminded the committee that the council’s planning officers, in their report, did not believe the development would pose a significant detriment to local residents in terms of privacy or overlooking. In addition, council documents also state: “The proposal would provide parking in accordance with the council adopted standards and would not have an unacceptable impact on highway safety.”

Councillors present on the committee this afternoon, voted unanimously in favour of the application.