A landmark North Tyneside venue could enjoy a new lease of life if new planning proposals are accepted.
Danieli Group has submitted plans to house a new STACK development in the former Empress Ballroom, at Whitley Bay - originally part of the town’s Spanish City.
And, if successful, they hope to return the 113-year-old building to its former place at the forefront of the town’s entertainment scene.
Built in 1910, the Ballroom – which regularly hosted upwards of 750 dancers – went on to become the Carlton Club bingo hall before lying empty and falling into disrepair.
Plans by current owner Mark Holmes to transform it into a leisure and community venue were delayed by Covid and now, although planning permission for a leisure venue is in place, Danieli Group has applied for a variation of the plans to create STACK Whitley Bay. This includes plans to build an external roof terrace which will be submitted this week (May 30) along with the premises licence application.
If successful the hope is to continue along the same route as other successful STACKs, with a stage for live entertainment and street food and drink outlets.