Wine bar plan wins permission

CONCERN about the number of places selling alcohol in a village has failed to stop a new wine bar.

Widdrington Station and Stobswood Parish Council, whose community has a joint population of about 2,400, is worried this would be the fifth business selling alcohol in the area.

And it objected to the planning application by North Shields architect Ian Cook to convert an empty shop to a wine bar with a cash machine in the outside wall. However, the county’s North Area Planning Committee heard the bar, behind the Cooperative building in a row of units, would allow customers of the adjoining Indian restaurant to have a glass of wine when waiting for a table or a takeaway meal.

Members granted permission unanimously.