New plans for Longboat Cafe
PUBLISHED: 09:39 20 December 2011
New plans have been submitted to the district council to build a glass-fronted cafe on Budleigh Saltetrton seafront.
Budleigh Salterton seafront businessman Brent Hushon has gone back to the district council and submitted a revised planning application to demolish the Longboat Café.
Last year, Mr Hushon won a long battle to build a seafront restaurant on the site – but his plans were dashed when the district council refused to sell a public shelter next to his café, which was integral to the application.
Refusing to be thwarted by the obstacle of the shelter, Mr Hushon has submitted a smaller-scale application to demolish the existing Longboat and develop a glass-fronted café with first-floor terrace within his own land.
He said the “café for café” application was 60 per cent smaller in scale and mass than his approved restaurant application.
The building will feature an upper terrace and balcony, if the plans get the go-ahead.
Mr Hushon said he had informed the town’s district councillors of his proposal and hoped to secure their backing for his business venture.
Earlier this year, Mr Hushon’s idea of extending his café into the cliff, retaining the shape of the original building, was shot down by the town council.
Former Royal Marine Mr Hushon said he had considered throwing in the towel over improving his business when the district council refused to release the shelter.
He said: “I was thinking of walking away from it entirely.
“In October 2010, we received planning consent to construct a new restaurant and café facility for the town.
“Unfortunately, we have been unable to secure the municipal shelter, which was required as an integral part for the scheme.
“I think it’s a totally lost opportunity, but they got the shelter and that’s what they want.
“We have, therefore, submitted a new planning application with revised design, which sits within the curtilage of the present café site. The revised proposal will provide a vibrant, all-year-round café for locals and tourists.
“It will be a good amenity. We can have set hours that people can look forward to. At the moment, I can’t guarantee that.”
Mr Hushon said the proposed glass-fronted café would feature a glass balustrade, sharp white rendering, with timber cladding on the upper tier and under-floor heating.
The current seating inside would be replaced with a kitchen area, counter space and sanitary provision.
There would also be courtyard seating, with views of the Otter Head from the first floor balcony.