A tattoo studio will open in a ‘corner shop’ in residential Sunderland

Plans to turn a former Sunderland cafe into a tattoo shop have been given the green light by city planning chiefs. In July 2022, Sunderland City Council’s Planning Department validated a planning application for 15 Roker Baths Road in St Peter’s ward.

The business unit was formerly known as the Roker Pie Shop, which was a game day institution during the days of Roker Park. In recent years, the site was turned into a Sarnies & Sundaes café and ice cream parlor, but this later closed and the building was put up for sale.

New plans by claimant ‘Studio 23’ were to open a tattoo studio on the site with three Full-time employees. The development also included two small store/workshop rooms, a staff room and toilets, and a covered warehouse at the rear.

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After reviewing the application and assessing it against planning policies, Sunderland City Council planners approved the tattoo shop’s bid on September 2, 2022. Council planners, in a report, judged the demand acceptable in terms of impacts on road safety, the character of the area and the amenity of neighbours.

The town planning decision report adds: “No external modification is proposed to the premises. Although the property is located in a predominantly residential area, it has been in ‘convenience store’ type use for many years and it is therefore not considered that this small scale operation will harm the character of the area.

“The environmental health team had no objections to the proposal. The use of the premises as a tattoo studio will not generate unacceptable noise pollution, and the scale of operations, with limited daytime opening hours , will not generate significant comings and goings in the premises.

“It is therefore unlikely that the residential amenities of neighboring properties will be adversely affected.” Approved hours of operation for the new tattoo studio will be Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., excluding holidays.

According to the planning documents, the agreed opening hours aim to “preserve the amenities of the district”.

For more information on the planning application, visit Sunderland City Council’s online planning portal and search reference: 22/01310/FUL