Beachside seating area would not conflict with pedestrian safety

Decking to an outside seating area with a retractable canopy and relocated boat ramp at a beachside café in a Sussex town was allowed with no harm to highway safety or flooding.

The cafe lay directly adjacent to a public car park and an existing pavement/concrete apron that acted as a sea defence and boat launch. The council was concerned that the proposal would exacerbate existing public safety issues regarding pedestrian and wheelchair access around the café to the public car park. The inspector considered the proposal would, however, formally enclose the existing seating area and widen the footway resulting in an improvement to access around the café as well as enable the use of the outside seating area all year round and subsequently support the local economy and tourist industry.

The proposal included changes to the boat launch slipway which again the inspector considered an improvement by reducing potential conflicts between boats and pedestrians. Regarding flooding, the inspector held the site was in an area of low risk from tidal or surface water flooding and the proposal would not lead to an increased risk of flooding elsewhere.

Inspector: S Edwards; Written representations

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