Earlier in July 2022, South Tyneside Council’s planning department registered an application for the Walkerville Guest House at 125 Ocean Road.
The property is on the corner of Ocean Road and Lawe Road, near the city’s North and South Marine Parks.
New plans were to turn 125 Ocean Road from a holiday accommodation into a single-family home.
The planning documents indicate that the applicant owns the adjacent property number 123 Ocean Road.
The owners of the guest house have confirmed that they are considering retirement and if planning permission is granted the guest house will close in the future but will continue to operate in the interim period.
As part of the planning bid for 125 Ocean Road, no physical changes are anticipated to the footprint or appearance of the building.
A submitted design and access statement adds that the property is “well served” by on-street parking and that the change in use would “potentially reduce the number of vehicle movements to and from the building”.
The planning app is the latest in an emerging trend of Ocean Road guesthouses and bed and breakfasts returning to residential uses.
In recent years a number of properties on the street have obtained planning permission to convert back into residential accommodation.
In one case, plans to convert an Ocean Road guest house into a nine-bedroom house for multiple occupancy have been approved by a government-appointed town planning inspector.
A decision on the plans for 125 Ocean Road will be made once a council consultation period has completed.