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Plans to demolish and rebuild "dated" Lifeboat Café

Plans to demolish and rebuild

Tuesday 23 August 2022

Plans to demolish and rebuild "dated" Lifeboat Café

Tuesday 23 August 2022


The long-standing Lifeboat Café could be demolished and a new timber kiosk with seating and parasols constructed in its place, if Planning agrees.

The application for the works on Albert Pier - a Grade 2 listed maritime structure - was submitted by MAC Architectural Services on Monday.

As a result of the listing, the applicant also had to provide a Heritage Impact Assessment as part of the application, which has been graded as 'major'.

It described the existing structure as one which "offers little architectural merit" and "looks weathered and dated".

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Pictured: The application suggests that the existing café structure "looks weathered and dated".

It is also highlighted that the current café "is a permanent structure, as opposed to a temporary structure that is proposed".

The applicants argue that "this is a significant improvement to the historic and listed Albert Pier".

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Pictured: The plans include a new timber kiosk with outdoor seating and parasols.

They explained: "The pier is a working pier and this structure is an improvement in design and functionality to what is on site at present.

"The proposed canopies are removeable and we feel will not have an effect on the site and will in turn improve the al fresco area of the café.

"We feel proposed works result in no loss of historic fabric and also no impact to the historical character of Albert Pier."

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