Plans for new micropub in Whitley Bay approved after dozens of letters of support

Paul and Kerry standing in front of the Crafty Cold Well pub in Monkseaton
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Whitley Bay is set to get a new micropub after councillors approved plans for the conversation of a former health store.

The plans for the site previously known as "All Good in the Hood" on Caudwell Lane attracted 28 objections and 113 letters of support on North Tyneside Council's planning portal. Despite this division, council planners had recommended the proposals for approval and members voted unanimously to grant permission.

Applicant Paul Llewelyn is well-known in the area as the proprietor of the Crafty Cold Well, also on Cauldwell Lane. Mr Llewelyn runs the business alongside his wife, Kerry Routledge.

Objections centred around the impact on residential amenity, with residents voicing concern about noise from customers leaving via streets. There were also fears around an increase in anti-social behaviour - council documents report that one objector claimed punters at the applicant's current pub had "nearly been run over whilst falling out drunk".

However, supporters pointed out that the clientèle that comes with craft beer is always "very friendly and non disruptive", adding the Crafty Coldwell "draws people into the area" and that the proposals would "breathe life into the area".

23 Cauldwell Lane, Monkseaton, North Tyneside.
23 Cauldwell Lane, Monkseaton, North Tyneside. -Credit:ChronicleLive

Speaking at Tuesday's meeting of the local authority's planning committee, planners explained that despite the fact the property was surrounded by flats, the small size of the micropub meant it was deemed unlikely that it would lead to any issues.

Furthermore, the proposals would see a currently unused property brought back into commercial use, adding to the "vitality and vibrancy of the district". The micropub will be open for business between the hours of 4pm and 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 4pm to 10.30pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.

A report presented to members explained that the pub would have a maximum of 50 covers at full capacity, with the pub offering "specialised beverages" such as craft beer, and not offering "highly discounted" drinks.

There were also no proposals to serve hot food or host live music acts. Any music would be limited to "ambient background music".