Surprise news today. Developers have lost their recent appeal to be allowed to build flats on the Point House CafÃ© site in Southbourne.
Government Planning Inspector Richard Marshall who heard the appeal at Bournemouth Town Hall earlier this month has came to a swift decision.
Developers wanted to demolish the clifftop cafÃ© and build seven flats with underground carparking.
The protests worked. Even the Bournemouth tourism officer described the plan as Â â€œtotally inappropriate for the seafront”.
The inspector concluded that the proposed development â€œwould harm the character and appearance of the surrounding areaâ€.
Let’s hope that the developers reopen the cafe.
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