East Riding Council’s eastern area planning sub-committee has approved plans submitted by Amber Taverns to convert a former M&S in Bridlington into a pub, restaurant and AGC.
The application includes plans to spend £800,000 converting the currently vacant town centre unit into a 20,000 sq ft leisure complex, which will create 20 new jobs.
“It was sad to see Marks and Spencer go, but they’re not coming back,” said Bridlington South councillor John Copsey. “The store is a massive hole in the centre of Bridlington and this looks like a prime development for it.”
“I can’t think of a pub that doesn’t have a bandit in it and if I wanted to I could sit at home and gamble online.”
The plans also had the support of committee member Cllr David Tucker, who observed “we’ve got massive stores standing empty on our high streets, if we don’t support plans like this then what happens to them?”
Committee chair Cllr Sue Steel added “it is sad to see Marks and Spencer go, but that was some time ago. We need other developers to come forward with plans for stores like this.”
The AGC, alongside the restaurant and Three Brass Monkeys pub, is expected to open this summer.