North East charity could give Gateshead pub a new lease of life as a community centre and flats

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A Gateshead pub could be transformed into housing and a community centre if exciting plans are given the go-ahead.

Handcrafted are behind proposals to give the Shakespeare Inn a new lease of life.

The Durham based charity helps people to develop skills, build confidence and “engage in positive activity”.

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It does this through practical training and creative activities which run from 9AM until 4PM on weekdays.

The organisation wants to put four one-bedroom flats on the first floor of the hostelry.

A leaflet distributed by the charity to

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Housing and community centre plan for Gateshead pub

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A PUB could be transformed into housing and a community centre if plans are given the go-ahead.

Durham-based charity Handcrafted is behind a proposal to give the Shakespeare Inn, in Gateshead, a new lease of life.

The charity helps people to develop skills, build confidence and “engage in positive activity” through practical training and creative activities, which it runs from 9am to 4pm on weekdays.

The organisation wants to put four one-bedroom flats on the first floor of the hostelry.

A leaflet distributed by the charity to near-by properties explained the proposals.

In it the organisation described how the premises

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Norwich Pub Detective: History of Norwich St Benedict’s pubs

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He is known as the Norwich Pub Detective. 

And that’s because Jonathan Hooton is determined to uncover some of the secrets of the city’s pub industry. 

In his new series the Norwich Society member will shine a light on pubs which have closed their doors. 

This week he looks at the former drinking establishments of a bustling street in the Norwich Lanes district.

There are few pubs left in St Benedicts street today, but it is full of evidence of many former pubs which gave a plentiful choice of hostelries in the 19th century.

At the start of St Benedicts

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Regulars threaten to boycott Rising Sun pub over ‘shoddy treatment’ of popular ex-Army landlord

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Regulars at a Huddersfield pub, The Rising Sun in Shelley, are threatening a boycott over the treatment of its popular ex-Army landlord, Andy Scott, by pub giant, Marston’s.

The 49-year-old who has spent nearly three years at the Penistone Road hostelry claims he is being forced out after spending £40,000 of his own money at the place and battling through against the odds following the pandemic.

In a Facebook post he wrote: “My intentions were always to buy the Rising and to continue with the renovations that I have already received so many positive comments about.

“Marston’s have now revalued

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Plans to turn derelict empty Southampton pub into flats

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AN empty derelict pub in Southampton could be demolished to make way for 15 flats.

Plans for the former Bridge Tavern pub in Coxford Road have been submitted to the council to demolish the hostelry and build a four-storey block of flats in its place.

The application from Darcy Construction includes eight two bedroom flats and seven one bedroom flats.

All the flats will have a balcony with a courtyard space as a garden for all residents.

The pub, which has been empty for more than 15 years according to planning documents, has been the target of vandalism and attacks

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Talks of transformation of empty pub site forced to shut in Solihull

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Speculation surrounds the future of a Solihull pub site, which did not reopen following the latest lockdown.

The Prince of Wales, in Solihull Lodge, had been among the many venues forced to close their doors last autumn and remained shut-up even as restrictions started to ease.

It’s now understood there have been discussions around the future of the High Street hostelry, which could see some form of care facility developed on-site.

Read more:Public inquiry into 15,000 homes in Solihull set to start in September

No planning application has yet been lodged with the council’s planning department, although both Tory

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