Proposals for new Southsea seafront cafe are unveiled to public

GRAND VISION Artist's impressions of how a revemped Southsea seafront could look
GRAND VISION Artist's impressions of how a revemped Southsea seafront could look
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PLANS for an upmarket cafe along Portsmouth’s seafront have been unveiled.

A trendy venue overlooking the water could replace some old storage units and a former toilet at South Parade Kiosk near to South Parade Pier.

GRAND VISION Artist's impressions of how a revemped Southsea seafront could look

GRAND VISION Artist's impressions of how a revemped Southsea seafront could look

It would include a raised wooden deck, retractable roof and railings and specialise in gourmet food.

Councillor Luke Stubbs, who represents the Eastney and Craneswater ward on Portsmouth City Council, said it was a quality development.

‘This would breathe new life into what is a very tired seafront building,’ he said.

‘There is a widespread concern that there are too many cafes but while that may be true overall, there aren’t many that take full advantage of being by the sea or that are a little more upmarket.’

The need for more cafes and similar venues in the area is part of the council’s seafront masterplan.

It’s a document containing ideas that developers will hopefully bring to life in the near future.

Terry Halloran, of The Portsmouth Society, said: ‘The provision of more refreshment facilities along the seafront is part of the council’s strategy.

‘This application for a cafe has an attractive “seaside feel” with the design incorporating wooden decking and natural larchwood cladding and should be approved.’

Southsea resident Antony Aguardo, who supports the proposals said: ‘Beyond the one or two outdated and run-down doughnut and burger kiosks which currently exist, there is nowhere on the promenade where residents and visitors can enjoy quality food and drink in what appears to be such a unique and appealing venue.’

The masterplan identifies Eastney Point as a good site for a new cafe in the future.

Coffee Cup, a family-run business, has planning permission to build a permanent base to replace its mobile hut along Eastney seafront.

It already has one at Portsmouth Guildhall.

A decision over the plans will be made at a later date.