There are plans to construct an entertainment and business hub in South Shields – creating 35 jobs, the plans have now been given the go ahead from council bosses. The project will redevelop the outdoor drinking terrace of the Clover and Wolf, off Brigham Place. The site will become a two storey shipping container village, the purpose is to revitalise the area. The site will be renamed ‘Jacks Yard’ and will feature a courtyard, retail units and a food and drink unit with a drinks servery and dining area.

The aim of the project is to have the relevant space to host occasional pop up events such as sporting events and fun days. An additional benefit to this is the creation of 35 jobs which will be a great boost as there will be 10 full time 25 part time roles available. In order to make way for the project the Clover and Wolf area will be demolished and levelled out.

The designs and artwork for the shipping containers have been drafted up alongside festoon and accent lighting to help the appearance and setting of the yard at night. A great benefit from this project is the benefits it will bring to the evening economy – Planners have stated that the units aimed at smaller independent retailers would “compliment the larger units” located in the town centre. Developers have made a statement on the project to say “Jacks Yard represents a progressive step in supporting the vitality of the town centre.”

“Many city centre and coastal resorts up and down the country are embracing the successful contribution made by shipper container developments. This development will allow the opportunity to offer affordable start-up units for new local businesses. This will support the growth of the high street and address the need for response to the rapid change in the retail and leisure sector as identified in the national planning policy framework.”

“The proposed change of use of this site is an opportunity to establish a vibrant business and entertainment hub through job creation and engaging with local businesses, this will bring vitality and appeal to the local community and attract new visitors to south shields.”

Following consultation, south Tyneside council approved the plans on Friday September 18.

We think this is a fantastic opportunity for the shields community as not only will it enhance the job market but also bring a different atmosphere to the community through the use of shipping containers. Which at a lower cost will be sure to create an exciting and interesting scene on a night out. We look forward to seeing the result!

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