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Bid to transform historic shop Arthur Burton into new Thirsty Bulldog bar gets council backing

Plans to transform the 145-year-old Cleethorpes menswear shop Arthur Burton into a new bar have been backed by council officers.

Bid to transform historic shop Arthur Burton into new Thirsty Bulldog bar gets council backing

It means the long history of the store in Sea View Street, Cleethorpes could soon be over, with North East Lincolnshire Council recommending plans to redevelop it into a new bar for approval.

Arthur Burton Menswear Ltd has had a store on Sea View Street since 1872, but this significant development could see the store close for good in the near future.

Developers are seeking planning permission to transform the retail unit into a bar with a unique name - The Thirsty Bulldog - in a move which could be rubber stamped at a NELC Planning Committee meeting on Wednesday, December 6.

The application was initially submitted to North East Lincolnshire Council's team of planning officers back in September.

Arthur Burton is a fourth generation family business and has traded strongly for many years, but these plans aim to breathe new life into the old building.

If given the go-ahead as recommended, the Thirsty Bulldog would join a long list of bars and restaurants to choose the popular Sea View Street shopping district to open for business.

The area already boasts popular bars and restaurants like Macys Lounge, Petit Delight, Agrah, and the Tale of Two, and recently opened Counting House.

In putting their case forward to NELC officers, the developers have outlined their ambition to renovate the old shop, by installing a modern illuminated sign above the shop front plus other cosmetic changes to the shop front.

During the transformation period, work to alter the use of the shop would include installing a new bar and associated fittings, the installation of new toilet facilities and the provision of a "display cellar".

The existing layout of the retail unit would remain largely the same, but extensive work would be required to place coat hangers with bar stools and beer pumps.

A new hanging sign will also be installed and will feature a British bulldog to match the premises' new name.

The developers hope the proposal is considered to have a "positive effect" on the character of Sea View Street, the locally-listed buildings nearby and the conservation area as a whole by the restoration and enhancement of an existing shop front.

North East Lincolnshire Council's Planning Committee will meet at 9.30am on December 6 to discuss the plans.

News Courtesy: www.humberbusiness.com

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