A vacant Marks and Spencer site in the Yorkshire town of Bridlington has been transformed into a bustling new pub, thanks to support from PWA Planning.
The £1.2m masterplan has breathed new life into the former store, which had stood vacant since closing in April 2018.
The development brings 1,900 square metres of space back into use, with PWA Planning winning approval from East Riding Council to convert the site into the new Three Brass Monkeys pub on behalf of pub chain Amber Taverns.
The building’s interior and exterior have undergone a full refurbishment, with more traditional shopfront features generating improvements to the Bridlington Quay Conservation Area.
The scheme has brought immediate economic benefit to the community by boosting employment opportunities, with six new full-time jobs created at the pub since it opened in September.
Matthew Wyatt, associate at PWA Planning, said: “We’re pleased to have worked alongside partner and client Amber Taverns, as well as East Riding Council to bring this former M&S site back into use.
“The scheme places real emphasis on year-round trading – with The Three Brass Monkeys serving the town’s residents throughout the year, while also contributing to the town’s vitality and meeting the council’s goals of regenerating Bridlington and boosting its visitor economy.”
Sam Frankland, property director at Amber Taverns, said: “PWA provided Amber Taverns with great service throughout this sensitive planning process. There were numerous challenges to overcome during planning and the advice provided by PWA was exemplary.
“We are really pleased to have opened the Three Brass Monkeys in Bridlington. The local residents have been enthusiastic about their new pub and we are already looking forward to having a full summer of trading in 2022.”