A CANVEY caravan park finally looks set to get a new bar and cafe.
After two years of planning wrangles, a revised proposal put forward by Kings Park Village, has found favour with council planning officers.
Kings Park Village, off Creek Road, Canvey, applied in 2012 to create a new 4,146 sq m social club, but was refused by Castle Point Council.
The residential mobile home site’s director, Michael Prideaux, appealed against the decision last year, but a Government planning inspector upheld the council ruling, citing concerns about noise.
A revised plan for the 823- home park, which is home mainly to the over-fifties, has now been submitted and planners are recommending approval for the scheme.
Under the plans, a proposed storage room would been extended, so the bar’s outdoor terrace would be enclosed inside a “buffer” area.
Officials are recommending approval, subject to a long list of conditions controlling the way the club would be run.
One would stop the outdoor area being used between 11pm and 7am.
Mr Prideaux said: “We are trying to do something very simple.
We want to improve the facilities at the park for the residents and their guests.
“The current facilities were built in the Sixties and Seventies.
“The park is now a retirement village and the clientele is very different from when the park was originally developed.
“We are trying to create a community space, where the residents can have a cup of coffee, or order Sunday lunch. They are overwhelmingly supportive of the plans.”
The site’s second-floor Jack Rabbit bar and nightclub are no longer widely used, since many elderly residents have trouble with stairs.
Castle Point Council has received 422 letters of support for the Terrace Cafe proposal, and just eight objecting to it.
The plan also includes a new bowling green for residents to use.
Council planning officer Keith Zammit said: “The applicants contend, as all residents are aged over 50, they are unlikely to create noise and disturbance, especially as they would be considerate of other residents.
“Notices could be put up reminding customers to be quiet.
“The proposed use is considered to represent an improvement on previous schemes and it is now considered that it could be carried out without significant detriment to the amenity of surrounding residents or the wider area.”
Councillors are due to rule on the application next Tuesday.