Council to decide on restaurants plan.ANOTHER four restaurants at a Tyneside retail park could harm the vitality and viability of nearby town centres, it is claimed.
Next week North Tyneside North Tyneside is a metropolitan borough of Tyne and Wear in the North East of England. Its seat is at the Town Hall, Wallsend.
Created in 1974, the borough lies within the historic county boundaries of Northumberland. councillors will decide on a bid by Nortrust to provide two new screens at the Odeon O`de´on
n. 1. A kind of theater in ancient Greece, smaller than the dramatic theater and roofed over, in which poets and musicians submitted their works to the approval of the public, and contended for prizes; - hence, in modern usage, the cinema on the Silverlink Retail Park off the Coast Road and four new restaurant/cafe units on the existing car park. Traders in North Shields Coordinates:
North Shields (or locally just Shields) is a town on the north bank of the River Tyne, in the metropolitan borough of North Tyneside, in North East England. It is located eight miles (13 km) east of Newcastle upon Tyne. and Wallsend have objected to the plans, saying it will hit their town centres.
Two restaurants are already located at each side of the cinema. Silverlink has 17 retail units and a McDonalds drive through restaurant, plus Frankie and Benny's and Pizza Hut.
The cinema also provides food and drink and has a bar and lounge. There is also a Starbucks within the Borders store and a caf in Marks and Spencer.
The two new screens would provide 347 additional seats bringing the total number at the cinema to 2,506. Planners say this would not affect town centres like North Shields and Wallsend but there is likely to be an impact from the four restaurant units.
The council's town centres manager says the proposed restaurants would represent a very significant increase in the food offer at Silverlink and would compete directly with similar facilities in adjacent town centres, especially North Shields and Wallsend. North Shields Chamber of Trade and Commerce says: "Approval would be seen as a further demise of our town centre."
Wallsend Business Association says: "We are struggling enough in the town centres without the expansion of out-of-town sites."
The Beacon Shopping Centre in North Shields has also objected as has the Pizza Hut business at Silverlink.
A planning inquiry was held in February into an appeal against refusal of planning permission planning permission
formal permission granted by a local authority for the construction, alteration, or change of use of a building
planning permission n → licencia de obras of a different application for new units at Silverlink which would have been occupied by a Krispy Kreme Krispy Kreme is a chain of doughnut stores. Its parent company is Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (NYSE: KKD), based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States. drive-through restaurant, a Nando's restaurant and a Costa coffee shop. The inquiry inspector dismissed the appeal and stated that there is already a reasonable level of food and drink provision at Silverlink.
Council planners are advising refusal of the latest plans.
EXPANSION The Odeon at the Silverlink hopes to get two more screens.