Planned seafront restaurant get approval

PUBLISHED: 10:26 17 June 2011




A PROPOSED pizza restaurant for Weston's seafront will 'be the icing on the cake for Pier Square', after it was approved by community leaders.

Members of North Somerset Council’ s south area committee granted permission for the circular-shaped eatery at a meeting yesterday evening (Thurs).

The two-story building, proposed by town businessmen Alistair Mead and Giulio Ellis, will replace the former Tourist Information Centre.

The pair’s proposal, however, had to overcome opposition from some councillors on the committee who feared the restaurant was too big.

Councillor Mike Bell said: “I am not opposed to development at the site, but I have real concerns about the scale of this development in this location.

“It’s scale is inappropriate for the site and it is not in keeping with the surrounding conservation area.”

However, Cllr Elfan Ap Rees said: “We have got the right sized building proposed and in terms of detail we can all have different views - it is about trying to find a compromise.

“I think this is the icing on the cake for Pier Square.”

The application had also received objections from nearby traders who feared the restaurant’s impact on their businesses.

But competition is not a valid ground in deciding on planning decision.

For more on the decision, read next week’s Weston Mercury.

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