Budleigh longboat plans

CONCERNS have started to mount over fresh plans to a build a state-of-the-art seafront cafe in Budleigh Salterton. New proposals for the use of Longboat cafe, on Marine Parade, were submitted to the district council last week. Its aim is to minimise the i

CONCERNS have started to mount over fresh plans to a build a state-of-the-art seafront cafe in Budleigh Salterton.

New proposals for the use of Longboat cafe, on Marine Parade, were submitted to the district council last week. Its aim is to minimise the impact on coastal views by lowering the profile of the building.

The planning submission followed a decision taken by its owners, Brent and Jane Hushon, to withdraw their original application to turn it into a mezzanine-floored restaurant.

There are fears the proposals, if approved, would result in a public amenity shelter on Budleigh seafront being demolished.


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Chris Kitson, Budleigh mayor last year, said: "The shelter is used by a great deal of people - local and visitors.

"In my opinion - I know shared by many in the town - the design, size, shape and style of the proposed new building is not appropriate for this prominent sea front position."

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The roof of the cafe has changed in the new plans and the proposals also include amendments to materials - a change from render for stone.

Steve Hall, Budleigh town and district councillor, believed some of the plans for the development site would be welcomed but felt it had to be in keeping with the surrounding area.

He added: "Before this application proceeds I want to know that East Devon District Council has consulted with Natural England and the Jurassic Coast Forum in Dorset who oversee the fact that it is a world heritage site."

A spokesperson for EDDC confirmed the local authority had consulted with Natural England, English Heritage and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site team regarding the amended application, inviting their comments.

"Their views, along with those of all other consultees will be taken into account when the application comes up for determination in due course," the spokesperson explained.

The plans will be discussed at a Budleigh Town Council meeting on Monday, July 13, in the Public Hall.

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