Rockfish has submitted a planning application to take over the Longboat Cafe in Budleigh Salterton and expand it into the storm shelter nextdoor.

Document 24/0594/FUL is for a proposed extension with retractable roof and walls at the Longboat Cafe. Rockfish is planning to take over the cafe, and join it with the storm shelter. The application adds that the shelter has an enforcement notice against it.

The proposed use is for an external dining space with a retractable roof and windows which Rockfish says will 'carefully designed to maximize both functionality and enjoyment of the space'.

The access to the building will stay the same. The proposed extension offers a simple contemporary steel structure enclosed by glass retractable windows and a retractable roof.

The steels are proposed to be in light blue to match the branding of Rockfish, also in keeping with the blue and white palette on the existing buildings.

The site is within a flood zone and Rockfish will use a 'lightweight retractable extension' which will not affect the cafe’s current risk of flooding.

Locals can review the document online and add online comments to it, which will be considered by EDDC. 

The application said: "The structure will "prioritise modernity and adaptability, the design maintains a low profile, aligning with the height of the shelter to complement the surrounding buildings.

"This approach invites year-round public enjoyment along the seafront. The proposed layout will allow for seating to spill out onto the external space during summer months whilst being semi-enclosed during the winter.

"We want to gain planning consent for this thoughtful design proposal which aims to offer a delightful and flexible seafront experience, blending effortlessly with the existing buildings."

The document has been submitted to East Devon District Council planning office, who will review it and then either approve or refuse it. Read the full application and to comment on it, visit the East Devon District Council planning website.