Bid for new coffee bar in Amble

A bid to open a new coffee bar in Amble has been lodged with Northumberland County Council.

Wednesday, 16th January 2019, 14:53 pm
Updated Thursday, 17th January 2019, 14:34 pm
The premises where a coffee bar is proposed. Picture by Anna Williams/The Ambler

Dave Langdown, from Morpeth, has submitted a notification of prior approval for the change of use of the former estate agent’s office on the ground floor of 20 Bridge Street into a coffee bar.

To facilitate the new business, some building works will be required, including the stripping-out of the existing internal walls, the formation of an additional toilet and a servery, and the installation of new windows and acoustic insulation/fire protection to the ceiling.

The application explains that pre-packaged food, handling and service will not create odours, while waste will be recycled as much as possible and stored in the servery area before removal to waste-handling facilities.

It adds that there is a bus stop immediately outside the premises on Bridge Street and there is ample, off-street parking for customers.

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At this stage, there are no details of the proposed opening hours for the café.

A full planning application is not required for this proposal as premises in use as shops or financial and professional services are able to change to café/restaurant use, providing that the floor space is less than 150m² and subject to the prior approval of the local authority.

Ben O'Connell, Local Democracy Reporting Service