Sunderland seafront inn gets green light

UK: The Inn Collection Group have been given the go-ahead for a 40-bedroom pub in Seaburn.

Rooms will be spread across three floors, whereas a bar and and dining area will serve guests all year round.

The announcement follows a new strategic direction from the group to develop a wholly freehold estate as it continues to roll out buy-and-build growth plans. By 2022, the group will double its ten-strong portfolio of pubs with rooms.

Moreover, it follows news that more people than ever are visiting Sunderland – a six per cent year on year increase, with tourism spend also increasing by some five per cent compared with the year before.

Sean Donkin, managing director of The Inn Collection Group, said: “We’re delighted to have the green light to move forward with plans for what will be a fantastic addition to the seaside in Sunderland on a prime coastal spot”.

“Seaburn will become a popular addition to our portfolio of pubs with rooms in the north’s best loved destinations including the Northumberland coast, Durham and the Lake District. We look forward to seeing it rise from the ground, with a view to opening our doors towards the end of 2020”.

Work is expected to begin on the Seaburn site, which will also include a play park for customers, before the end of the year.

It forms part of a £1.5 billion city-wide investment programme that will see the seaside, city centre and residential areas of Sunderland transformed through council-driven development projects.

Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “I’m delighted to see plans approved for another great development in the city. We have world-class beaches, and we need to ensure they are maximised with places for families to enjoy”.

Miller continued: “The new Seaburn inn will be somewhere that not only residents from the city can enjoy, but a place for visitors to stay and enjoy the sights of the city, with lovely views over to Seaburn seaside”.

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