Plans have been approved for a dog grooming salon to open at the site of a former tanning business in a coastal town.

Proposals were submitted to Hartlepool Borough Council planning department earlier this year to convert 139 Oxford Road into the site caring for dogs.

The building was previously home to the Golden Tones tanning salon and is currently vacant.

Submitted by Yasmin Jade Tomlinson, from Pups and Pals Dog Grooming plans state the development will benefit the area by offering new jobs and bringing an empty site back into use.

The dog grooming business is currently run as a home salon in Bishop Cuthbert, however, Miss Tomlinson is planning on expanding to the larger site.

A report from senior council planning officer Jane Tindall confirmed the proposals have been approved, and are in line with planning policies for the area.

She said: “The re-use of a vacant building in a prominent location is welcomed.

“The proposed change of use from a tanning salon to a dog grooming salon is considered appropriate in this location with regards to the function of the local centre and the character of the area.

“There are no concerns with regard to the impact of the development on the amenity of neighbouring occupiers, highway safety or parking provision.”

The salon will look to offer dog grooming, bathing, drying, teeth cleaning and hair trims, along with the sale of retail products.

A planning statement on behalf of the applicant outlined how she believes the proposals will benefit the area.

It said: “I am hopeful to have the premises open to the public for both retail and appointments.

“The opportunity to go ahead with the planned developments would benefit the area by not only bringing multiple jobs to the area but also bringing a currently vacant unit back into use.”

Planning documents state the site would be open from 9am until 5pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and from noon until 7pm on Thursdays.

Two objections had been submitted by residents to the conversion proposals, raising concerns the street is “too small for another business to cope with the traffic”.

However, council traffic and transport bosses said the demand would be “similar to the previous use” and would not have a “severe impact on parking or highway safety”.

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