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The Inn Collection Group Sean Donkin, managing director of The Inn Collection Group and Leader of Sunderland City Council Councillor Graeme Miller

New inn for Sunderland’s seafront given green light

SUNDERLAND’S seaside has been given a boost with plans for a 40-bed inn approved today [Tuesday, October 29].

Sunderland City Council’s planning committee has approved an application from multi-award-winning hospitality and leisure specialist The Inn Collection Group, that clears the way for a ‘pub with rooms’ to go ahead on land at Seaburn.

The three-storey venue will stand close to Martino’s restaurant on the main coast road, next to the STACK Seaburn development, which is expected to open in spring.

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.

“The Inn Collection Group has a proven track record in delivering purpose-built inns, operating on a model that provides value-for-money accommodation, quality beverages and home-made pub fare served all day, 365 days a year. Seaburn will – we are sure – 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 get started on the venue, which will include a play park for customers and a new eatery, before the end of the year. 

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.  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.  Alongside the STACK, this should deliver a real sense of vibrancy to the area.”

The Seaburn inn development accompanies a new strategic direction from The Inn Collection Group to develop a completely freehold estate as it continues to roll out ‘buy and build’ growth plans, to more than double its ten-strong portfolio of pubs with rooms by 2022. 

The Alchemy-backed group, which was named Best Pub Employer of up to 500 employees in the national 2019 Publican Awards, will continue to seek out new development opportunities in the Lake District and Yorkshire as well as within its north east England heartland.

Its most recent new-build developments include The Commissioners Quay Inn, in Blyth and The Amble Inn in Amble, a £4m development which opened in January. The group is opening a new 30-bedroom pub with rooms The Ambleside Inn in Ambleside, Cumbria next month.

This is the latest visitor accommodation planned for the city, with a Holiday Inn planned for Keel Square that will bring 120-rooms to the city centre.  The announcements follow 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.

The council has led a number of positive investment announcements in recent weeks.  Ocado shared plans to open a base in Sunderland just weeks after work on THE BEAM had completed, and a second tenant, Penshaw View, has also taken space on the ground floor as it looks forward to expansion.  The second phase of work on the former Vaux Brewery site will see a new City Hall for Sunderland is soon to be started, with Sunderland based Bowmer and Kirkland awarded the contract to build it. 

Among other exciting new developments is a 450-seater auditorium, that is now under construction in the city centre’s Minster Quarter; and a new business centre, in the former River Wear Commissioners Building.