The building was extensively damaged by fire in November 2018 and declared beyond repair – the consultation was in regard to a replacement building for the site and was conducted between August and October this year.
There were 2,063 responses to the survey, with one-fifth of these being Hengistbury residents. Just under half were resident in the BCP Council area. The results of that consultation are now available.
As the café is a popular amenity for local people, visitors and those staying in beach huts and it was important to allow those potential customers to have a say in any replacement.
The views submitted are being assessed and will shape a reinvigorated approach to be shared in the new year. As a consequence of this approach the existing planning application will be withdrawn in early January 2021.
Portfolio holder for tourism, leisure and culture, Cllr Mohan Iyengar, said, “A solution needs to be found for the Beach House Café – something that fits the locality nicely and has support. I thank everyone who has given their views in the survey and in earlier discussions. We look forward to making substantive progress in the new year.”
The summary of the consultation results can be viewed at: bcpcouncil.gov.uk/beachhouseconsultation
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