A cake and coffee boutique is one step closer to opening in Hartlepool after lodging a licensing application.

Last year a planning application from Louise Carr from ‘Mrs C’s Patisserie’ was approved to change Unit 1 Central Buildings in Church Street into a cake and coffee boutique.

She has now submitted a licensing application to Hartlepool Borough Council for the site outlining how the premises would operate.

It states it would open as a cake and coffee shop, also providing events such as baby showers and birthday parties.

The licensing application looks to gain the shop permission to open from 8am until 6pm seven days a week.

It also looks to enable the shop to supply alcohol during that time period, for events and play ‘light music’ throughout the day.

The proposals will be in line with the regeneration of Church Street and Church Square.

A heritage statement, submitted on behalf of the applicant when seeking to gain planning permission, states they hope to support ‘the economic vibrancy of the area’.

It said: “The regeneration of Church Street and the surrounding area has been identified as a key priority within the Hartlepool Vision.

“The renovation works we’re proposing to carry out internally to the building are to create a vintage style cake and coffee boutique.

“The area does offer a number of opportunities to facilitate the economic growth of the area.

“The learning base, student activity and area of expertise of Cleveland College of Art and Design [now The Northern School of Art] in the creative sector provides a potential catalyst for the regeneration of the area.”

Planning documents also said although the building is currently painted black externally, they intend to paint the shop front in a ‘vintage pink or equivalent colour’.

The building was built in the 19th Century and the ground floor of the property has been used for commercial use for many years, with the last use a tattoo parlour in 2017.