A POPULAR café has won permission to expand despite concerns for trees near the site and fears rats might infest the new decking.
Cupcake Café in Shoreham’s Buckingham Park has won consent to build an extension to the north and a raised decking area and canopy to the south, despite a ‘high possibility of future pressure’ to cut down trees around the building, and that rats might see the decked area as an ‘ideal home’.
Councillors supported the bid at a planning meeting on June 30 at the Adur Civic Centre, but voted for a landscaping condition that would protect the trees.
Councillor Carol Albury said: “I’m all for this. I think it’s a very good cafe and it’s popular and this would be a very good extension for it.”
Mrs Albury said she thought the trees would be a problem but she did not want to see them cut down,
“Sycamore trees are notoriously bad for dropping sap and leaves,” she said.
“I think it would be very difficult and before long they will be asking for them to be removed.”
Mrs Albury called for steps to be taken to ensure the trees would be protected. Councillor Brian Coomber said he did not think the trees would be a problem during the spring and summer months.
“I think we should go with this because it’s a good design, the café is popular and I think it deserves support,” he said.
Councillor David Donaldson said he was worried the space under the decking would be an ideal home for rats.
“It needs to be high enough so you can send a Jack Russel under there,” he said.
“You could have a real problem unless it’s accessible to clear food debris from underneath.”
Committee chairman Brian Boggis pointed out that this was not a planning matter.
The café has been run by Amelia Barden for the past nine years.
“Of course we are thrilled,” said Amelia. “All our customers are thrilled as well, but we are still a long way off at the moment.”