Committee told to make decision on house extension and ignore ’emotional side’ of cafe

Last year the Isle of Wight Council approved plans to knock down the cafe and build an extension to the house – plans to extend further were considered this week.

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Plans for a house extension in Bembridge have been approved — despite concerns from residents who fear it will scupper plans to rebuild a seafront cafe.

The Lifeboat View Cafe, at Lane End, Bembridge, was demolished last September with a view to building a smaller cafe on the same site.

The site was formerly flats,  with a cafe at the front and a large outdoor seating area.

Last year the Isle of Wight Council approved plans to knock down the cafe and build an extension to the house.

Plans to extend house further
Now the owner, Debbie Potts, has been given permission to extend the property even further.

Councillors voted to approve the plans at Tuesday night’s Isle of Wight council planning committee.

Members were not able to vote on the plans to rebuild the cafe, as it was at the landowner’s discretion.

Landowner’s choice
One of the planning officers told the committee:

“It’s not for the planning authority to control whether that cafe operates or not. It’s the landowner’s choice whether they run the cafe or don’t and if they wish not to run it, it’s their decision.

“You need to consider the plans in front of you, and not the emotional side related to the running of the cafe.”

The owner will now be able to extend the sun room on the seafront property.

Plans to include a boathouse in the extension had previously been removed, following more than 900 complaints from residents.

The couple who ran the cafe are now seeking permission to run a tea trailer further along the coast.


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2 Comments on "Committee told to make decision on house extension and ignore ’emotional side’ of cafe"

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Darcy
I’m astounded. This story has been up for a day and not one of the 900 objectors has so far commented. The project is destroying the integrity of the small sea front at Lane End and continues to be railroaded through with no thought or consideration of the public interest. Ms Potts must surely be vying with the Chairman of the Parish Council for the title of… Read more »
Benny C
The fact that an officer has to point out to Committee members a basic principle of planning legislation tells us all we need to know about the suitability of some or all members for the role. Even one incompetent member on this important committee is too many. These decisions have a permanent impact. Councillors – Don’t try to decide for us if you’re not even properly informed.… Read more »