Leisure development CCTV row is finally settled

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A long-running row over security cameras which has held up a £2m nightclub, bar and restaurant development has finally been settled.London-based St...

A long-running row over security cameras which has held up a £2m nightclub, bar and restaurant development has finally been settled.

London-based St James Capital can now press ahead with converting the former post office in Sunderland city centre (pictured)​.

The company bought the Edwardian Grade II listed building, which contains four storeys and measures 25,000sq ft, two years ago.

But planning permission has been delayed for nearly a year due to a row with Northumbria Police.

They wanted the company to pay £58,000 plus running costs for two CCTV cameras.

But St James Capital were only willing to pay a maximum of £18,000, having originally offered £13,500.

Now the two sides have reached a settlement, although the figure has been kept secret.

Simon Conway, of St James Capital, said: "We've reached an agreement, although we're disappointed it's taken so long. It's going to take another three to 12 months to complete. It's a big building and there's plenty to do, so we'd like to get on with this."

The building, which has stood empty for four years, is regarded as being in a prime site in the city centre.

The company wants to convert the building into a bar, brasserie and restaurant with a basement nightclub and a late-night bar.

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