New High Street cafe plan set for approval

Plans to create a caf� in vacant premises on Sidmouth High Street are recommended for approval by the district council.

Nasoula Sherlock, who used to run an outlet in Sidmouth indoor shopping centre, has applied for a change of use at the former wine shop from retail shop to a caf�.

The town council supported the application, which includes a proposed retractable awning, and there have been 12 letters of support sent to the district council who wish to see Mrs Sherlock back in business in the town.

Four letters of objection have also been received, raising the concerns there are already too many cafes, and the loss f a retail outlet for another is unnecessary.

But in the planning officer’s report it says in the shopping area north of the main town centre he majority of premises remain in retail use and only around 10 per cent are food and drink outlets.

The report adds: “The loss of one retail unit to a cafe use would not undermine the shopping character, vitality or viability of the town centre.

Furthermore, it would restore a use which was lost when the indoor market was converted to a single retail unit, and would bring an economic benefit through the re-use of a currently vacant property.”

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It concludes on this basis the change of use is considered acceptable to them subject to a restriction on opening hours, and submission of further details in relation to control of noise and odours.

East Devon District Council will make the final decision at a meeting on Tuesday, starting at 2pm at its Knowle offices.

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