Councillors to meet with developer behind controversial café plan on Northumberland coast

Parish councillors are set to meet with the developer of a proposed café and restaurant on the Northumberland coast.
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A virtual meeting has been scheduled on Monday, November 30 between applicant Stephen Dixon and members of Beadnell Parish Council.

Mr Dixon has submitted fresh plans ‘that better reflects the ambition of the developers and restaurateurs to create a destination venue for this amazing location at Beadnell Bay’.

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The proposals comprise a ground-floor bar and beachside venue for light meals, including an outdoor seating area, while there would be a more formal restaurant dining space with some balcony and terrace space on the first floor.

Beadnell Bay.Beadnell Bay.
Beadnell Bay.

There would be 17 parking spaces on the main plot, with another 55 on the other side of Bernicia Way.

The scheme would also create 10 to 15 full-time jobs and around 30 part-time jobs.

Northumberland Estates’ first bid to develop the plot was approved at the August 2019 meeting of the North Northumberland Local Area Council.

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The new plans are also attracting opposition with 24 objections so far, as well as a request for more information from Northumberland County Council’s public protection unit.

There have also been four letters of support.

Cllr Alison Nation, parish council chairman, said: "This meeting has a very broad agenda to discuss the proposed development, plans for the business and benefits for the community.

"No agreements will be formally made with the developer until they have been discussed and agreed at a parish council meeting so the public is kept informed.”

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