[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Wednesday, 21 February 2007, 13:34 GMT
60m seaside revamp is approved
Spanish City dome
The Spanish City fairground was opened in 1910
A 60m regeneration of a seaside resort has been approved by councillors.

Plans to transform Whitley Bay's seafront and Spanish City were approved by North Tyneside Council's planning committee on Tuesday night.

The iconic Spanish City building, famous for its Grade II-listed dome, will become a 200-seat performance, conference and music rehearsal space.

Permission was also given for a hotel, skate park and new housing. The town's playhouse will be refurbished.

The council will only press ahead with plans for a hotel next to the dome if it can secure a partner to build it.

Scaled down

If this is not achieved it also has outline planning permission for an alternative proposal for 56 apartments on the site.

Elected Mayor John Harrison said: "This is a real turning point for Whitley Bay.

"Within three years we want to see this scheme virtually complete. People can finally be assured that Whitley Bay has a strong future."

As the site has listed status both plans have been submitted to the government for approval.

About 200 new homes will be built at three different sites - Marine Gardens, Bournemouth Gardens and Brook Street.

This is about half the amount of housing originally envisaged for the scheme as the proposals were scaled down following consultation with residents.

Plans to modernise Whitley Bay leisure pool were also given the go-ahead.

Spanish City developer named
19 Sep 03 |  Tyne

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific