A North Tyneside corner shop could be turned into a swish new restaurant and bar under new plans.

Plans have been put together by Allard’s Lounge asking for permission to transform a corner shop in Monkseaton, Whitley Bay into a new restaurant and lounge.

Allard’s already run two successful restaurants and bars on Tynemouth Front Street and on the North Shields Fish Quay, but plans to open the third venue if permission is given.

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It would replace a Costcutter convenience store which is currently at 19 Seatonville Road, Monkseaton.

Planning documents submitted to North Tyneside Council show how the new venue could look, including a “Georgian style” extension with a retractable glass roof set to be added to the side of the building.

The new restaurant would have seating for over 80 customers inside with further seating outside under new awnings.

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It would be open 7am til 11pm daily and create 15 new full time jobs, according to documents submitted as part of a planning application.

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Commenting on the proposals, one resident said: “I am really looking forward to this. It will be a very welcomed (sic) establishment to where I live, will be great to be able just to walk to with no worries about transport and how to get home.”

Another local added: “Will look forward to having Allards on my doorstep. Will create a good social environment for the neighbourhood to get together and enjoy.”

However, one resident opposed to the plans raised concerns over noise and ‘drunken antics’ from the venue.

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They said: “I think it will be too noisy and I don't want taxi's going up and down the street as our street is lovely and peaceful.

“My house backs on to the carpark which is also calm and quiet at night and I'm thinking this will all change with people in the carpark late, the bottles being emptied, taxi arriving and other drunken antics going on.”

A decision is expected to be made by North Tyneside Council in the next month.

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