Guest house

Plans approved to convert another guesthouse in Ocean Road into a family home in latest change on South Shields Street

In July 2022 South Tyneside Council’s planning department registered an application for 59 Ocean Road, formerly known as Ainsley Guest House.

The proposals called for a change of use from holiday accommodation to residential accommodation, following the example of several Ocean Road guest houses which have done the same over the past year.

After assessing the planning application for 59 Ocean Road against planning policies, South Tyneside Council planners approved the change of use on 11 August 2022.

Another Ocean Road guesthouse is being reverted to private residential ownership.

A decision report prepared by the planners said the application site was in a sustainable location with access to public transportation and no dedicated parking provision was needed to service the property.

The council’s decision report adds: ‘It is not considered that the proposed residential use would cause material damage to the amenity of surrounding properties through an unacceptable increase in noise or disturbance.

“This takes into account the range of uses in the immediate area, as well as the current use of the property as a bed and breakfast; and the potential level of activity on the site in relation thereto.

“It is also considered that the use of the application property as a dwelling would be acceptable in terms of the amenity of future occupants of that dwelling.”

The planning approval is the latest in a trend of Ocean Road guesthouses and bed and breakfasts returning to residential uses, with around five moves since March 2021.

According to the planning conditions, the work to convert 59 Ocean Road into a residential house must take place within three years.

For more information on applying, visit South Tyneside Council’s online planning portal and search reference: ST/0419/22/FUL