Cafe listing outcome in the New Year

PUBLISHED: 10:54 26 November 2009 | UPDATED: 12:23 10 June 2010

A FINAL ruling to determine if the Victorian Longboat Café will get protection from English Heritage will not now be made until early in the New Year.

A FINAL ruling to determine if the Victorian Longboat Café will get protection from English Heritage will not now be made until early in the New Year.

An application has been filed with English Heritage to have the seafront cafe listed - and if rubberstamped would throw a spanner in the works to transform the building into a glass-fronted two storey restaurant.

Listing of the building, categorising it 'of historical and architectural interest', would complicate the planning process.

Decision makers would be constrained on the changes they could allow to be made to the building.

Structural changes allowed would be limited while alterations to the external appearance of listed building are also tightly regulated.

Changes that would detract from the original character, for instance, a glass front, would be limited.

A spokesman for English Heritage said: "We are still writing up our advice on this listing case so it will be a bit longer to wait."

She added that the final determination would not be until 'the New Year'.

A spokesman for East Devon District Council said: "We are currently awaiting further details from the applicant's agent dealing, with the requirements set out by the Development Management Committee."

These requirements, outlined at a meeting of Development Management Committee at the end of August, include full details of all outside and inside lighting, the kitchen's extractor fan, materials and finishes to be used and the submission of comprehensive architectural drawings.

He added: "Meanwhile English Heritage is considering whether or not the existing building is worthy of being listed.

"The planning application is now not likely to be reported back to the Development Management Committee until early in the New Year."

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