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SEATON CAREW: Rocket House plans approved

SEATON CAREW: Rocket House plans approved

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Plans have been approved to bring a historic seaside site in Seaton Carew back into use as a shop.

Proposals have been given the go-ahead by Hartlepool Borough Council planning department to convert the Rocket House into a seafront retail outlet.

The building on The Front was originally erected to store the equipment needed to save lives at sea by the means of rocket lines, and is currently vacant.

The plans, submitted by Ms Joanne Burnside in Seaton Carew, said the building is in a poor state of repair and ‘externally requires a complete overhaul’.

A report from senior council planning officer Laura Alderson confirmed the proposals have been approved, adding they should benefit the area.

She said: “The proposed development would see the creation of a small retail unit adjacent to the Seaton Carew Local Centre and within close proximity to the seafront and related tourist facilities.

“This would support the tourism and leisure function of the area.”

The shop is to be home to two full-time jobs, according to planning documents.

A response from the Hartlepool Civic Society voiced their support for the plans.

They said: “Hartlepool Civic Society welcome the application as it will hopefully preserve the building and promote interest in its history, whilst adding to the economic viability of the wider area.”

A design and access statement previously submitted on behalf of the applicant reiterated how the plans will benefit the Seaton Carew Conservation Area.

It said: “Currently the building cosmetically is in a poor state of repair and externally requires a complete overhaul.

“The refurbishment of the Rocket House with the retention of its existing character will only enhance the area.

“As part of the development the entire building will be externally refurbished and redecorated in order to bring it to a standard worthy of the seafront terrace and to enhance the terrace itself in line with other current developments in the vicinity.”

Plans noted the chosen finished materials will ‘allow longevity against the seafront elements’ but still provide a high quality finish to the design.

Images show the building dates back until at least the 1940s, and it was also used as a part-time police station around the 1980s and has been used as a first aid site.

Words: Nic Marko, Local Democracy Reporter

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