Moves to stop cafe

PUBLISHED: 14:57 12 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:47 10 June 2010

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12: THE row over whether Budleigh Salterton should have a state-of-the-art seafront restaurant has sparked a campaign by a local man to stop the proposed development. Letters urging residents to oppose the Longboat Cafe plans submitted by Brent and Jane Husho

THE row over whether Budleigh Salterton should have a state-of-the-art seafront restaurant has sparked a campaign by a local man to stop the proposed development.Letters urging residents to oppose the Longboat Cafe plans submitted by Brent and Jane Hushon have been dropping through the town's letter boxes all week.The proposal is the third application submitted to the district council - two previous planning attempts were refused. Longboat Cafe owner Mr Hushon said a great deal of thought had gone into the new proposal, incorporating the feedback from East Devon District Council, Budleigh Salterton Town Council and interested parties, to design a contemporary building that complements its seafront setting.David Daniel, of Marine Parade, hopes to rally support from locals to prevent the two-storey glass-fronted restaurant with mezzanine floor from being built.Mr Daniel believes the building would be 'intrusive', 'massive' and 'would not blend in' with the seafront landscape.He believes visitors would 'lose the fabulous view' if the sea-facing restaurant was built. Mr Daniel's aim is to prevent the permanent change of Budleigh's seafront and coastline.He said he does not believe the seafront should face a major change without public consultation, nor does he think Mr and Mrs Hushon should be allowed to demolish a district council shelter to make way for the new restaurant.Mr Daniel does not believe the seafront location would attract visitors to dine in Budleigh Salterton.He said: "The beachfront, by its nature, is very exposed to the elements; idyllic in good weather but the prevailing winds blow unconstrained from the sea, often driving the rain horizontally. It is not an inviting place to dine out in wind or rain. Whatever the intention, this can only be a fickle seasonal site. It is likely to be closed, probably barred and shuttered against the elements and vandalism for long periods, as the existing cafe is."There are a number of restaurants in the town already. Some are more successful than others but there has been a sad history of recent failures."Good quality food will attract customers from outside the town in all seasons - location is not the primary determinant."Some people see a need to rejuvenate old fashioned Budleigh Salterton as justifying this sort of development. Although well intentioned, I believe this argument is retrospective in nature and lacks innovation."l Have your say on this story at www.exmouthjournal.co.uk

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