In April 2020, plans were filed for the Whitehouse Social Club in the Blackfell area of Washington.
According to planning documents released by Sunderland City Council, the site previously housed a social club, a betting shop and a two-bedroom apartment, but is currently ‘redundant’.
New plans from applicant BS Randhawa Property Ltd are to reopen the building for private functions such as birthdays and weddings.
One reception hall can accommodate up to 250 clients while another can accommodate 200 clients.
In addition, the redevelopment plans include a hair salon and office space.
The offices would replace an upper lounge bar and committee room and house businesses separate from the venue.
A transport declaration, submitted on behalf of the applicant, adds that the place is in a sustainable location with links to public transport.
It reads: “Using the council’s car parking standards, the proposed uses would require fewer parking spaces than the existing uses.
“In addition to the adjacent public car parks, there are many nearby locations with off-street parking: the east-west part of Rushyrig, Knoulberry Road, at the east end of Shunner Close, at the west end of Thirlmoor and at the north end of Gragareth Way.
Key agencies and members of the public were given an opportunity to comment on the plans before a decision was made on the application.
Sunderland City Council’s Planning Department approved the plans on Friday, October 30.
The approved hours of operation for the reception hall component of the redevelopment would be 9:00 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.
During this time, offices and hair salons will be able to open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., seven days a week.
Under the town planning conditions, the site redevelopment work must be advanced within three years, or a new town planning request must be made.