Longboat: new plans
PUBLISHED: 17:20 06 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:45 10 June 2010
MONDAY, OCTOBER 6: Budleigh Salterton seafront could look very different if the latest planning application submitted by the owners of the Longboat Cafe is approved. The glass-fronted, two-storey building would replace the present square building currently used as a cafe by
Budleigh Salterton seafront could look very different if the latest planning application submitted by the owners of the Longboat Cafe is approved.The glass-fronted, two-storey building would replace the present square building currently used as a cafe by husband and wife team Brent and Jane Hushon, writes Becca Gliddon.If the build goes ahead, the old cafe, and a next door flat-roofed building owned by the district council and used by the cafe as a store, would be demolished.The proposal is to build a new cafe with a kitchen facility on the lower floor and an upstairs restaurant.The lower floor cafe would be open throughout the day, and close at night or when seafront visitor numbers are low.The second-floor restaurant would be largely glazed and have a viewing terrace and seating area with sliding glazed screen windows.The aim is to enable the extensive sea views to be enjoyed whatever the weather.The owners believe the modern sea-facing restaurant would attract visitors to the town.The application to East Devon District Council states noise and light pollution to neighbouring properties would be kept to a minimum because the building has limited rear doorways.The south-facing glass-fronted building would be energy efficient, making the most of the natural light and heat.Mr and Mrs Hushon's proposal is the third application submitted to the district council - after the two previous planning attempts were refused. They have spent the past year working closely with architect John Staszewski, of Graphite Architecture, to create a new-look seafront eatery.Mr Hushon said a great deal of thought had gone into the new design, incorporating feedback from East Devon District Council, Budleigh Salterton Town Council and interested parties. He believed the latest design fulfilled a brief to provide a contemporary building that complemented its seafront setting, nestling under the cliffs.Mr Hushon said: "The rationale behind the proposals stems from a desire to provide a venue that can trade all year round and, in fact, be an attraction in the winter months. "A newly developed Longboat Cafe would provide year-round employment and secure jobs for local people. "The location is unrivalled along the Jurassic Coast and will offer a quality venue that will draw people to Budleigh Salterton.