Cafe Riva extension given go-ahead – despite protests from residents

SCHEME: Cafe Riva on Boscombe Overcliff Drive

SCHEME: Cafe Riva on Boscombe Overcliff Drive

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A CONTROVERSIAL application to extend a cliff-top café has been granted despite a wave of opposition from residents.

The revised scheme to revamp Café Riva on Boscombe Overcliff Drive won unanimous approval from councillors at a planning board meeting.

Letters of objection were sent in by 25 residents protesting against the noise levels, parking problems and loss of sea views.

Vice chairman of the planning board, Cllr Ron Whittaker, said: “The single-storey extension was approved despite the letters of objection from residents.

“This is because it is a wonderful facility and the owners have been trying to have it extended for years.”

When the extension first appeared in front of the planning board in 2007, 98 letters of objection were presented along with 12 letters of support and a petition of 1,380 signatures backing the proposals Cllr Lynda Price said: “The application has been significantly reduced since 2007 and the new extension will not actually be any higher according to the plans, so the view shouldn’t be obscured any more than it already is.”

The closest residential properties are approximately 40m away on the northern side of Boscombe Overcliff Drive.

Ward Cllr John Wilson represented the residents at the meeting and voiced his concerns about the possibility of increased noise levels and parking problems.

He said: “The residents have been assured that the music and noise will be controlled as this was the main point of concern.”

The café is owned by the council and has been leased to the applicant until 2025.

Cafe Riva Director Rob Green said: “The extra space really is needed for the locals, plus we believe it will help the tourist trade. It will be much nicer and more spacious, so we will be able to serve a lot more customers.”

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1:19pm Thu 30 Jan 14

crispy_pants says...

It's a really nice cafe and it's small. Difficult to get a seat sometimes in the winter, so extending it is a good idea.
It's a really nice cafe and it's small. Difficult to get a seat sometimes in the winter, so extending it is a good idea. crispy_pants
  • Score: 4

3:02pm Thu 30 Jan 14

simcal says...

Great news. Nice people and always put water out for the many passing dogs.
Great news. Nice people and always put water out for the many passing dogs. simcal
  • Score: 2

3:35pm Thu 30 Jan 14

billy bumble says...

Yup - well done for once to Bournemouth Council

Extra space much needed for this quality cafe - and that's more than you can say for a lot of independent establishments in Bournemouth
Yup - well done for once to Bournemouth Council Extra space much needed for this quality cafe - and that's more than you can say for a lot of independent establishments in Bournemouth billy bumble
  • Score: 5

4:47pm Thu 30 Jan 14

saynomore says...

"Letters of objection were sent in by 25 residents protesting against the noise levels, parking problems and loss of sea views."
What is with these NIMBYS,in the summer there are always cars parked up along the road so nothing new there,noise? its just a cafe not a night club ,and views of what exactly,just an expanse of sea water,these people really should get out more.
"Letters of objection were sent in by 25 residents protesting against the noise levels, parking problems and loss of sea views." What is with these NIMBYS,in the summer there are always cars parked up along the road so nothing new there,noise? its just a cafe not a night club ,and views of what exactly,just an expanse of sea water,these people really should get out more. saynomore
  • Score: 3

6:18pm Thu 30 Jan 14

skydriver says...

Again another council completely disinterested in what the local people wan, they see it as another way to get more business rates in this case.
I feel the councillors in Bournemouth and Christchurch must have come from the same mould, that's one that doesn't give a dam to what the residence think..
We must get rid ASAP .
So let's have a councillors reply, if they dare.
Again another council completely disinterested in what the local people wan, they see it as another way to get more business rates in this case. I feel the councillors in Bournemouth and Christchurch must have come from the same mould, that's one that doesn't give a dam to what the residence think.. We must get rid ASAP . So let's have a councillors reply, if they dare. skydriver
  • Score: -6

7:16pm Thu 30 Jan 14

retry69 says...

A lovely café, need more of them along the cliff top.Excellent view points for the wind farm while having your morning cuppa :)
A lovely café, need more of them along the cliff top.Excellent view points for the wind farm while having your morning cuppa :) retry69
  • Score: 5

10:56pm Thu 30 Jan 14

hooplaa says...

Place is a total rip off!!!
Place is a total rip off!!! hooplaa
  • Score: 1

11:17pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Chris@Bmouth says...

hooplaa wrote:
Place is a total rip off!!!
Dont go there then. I hear a pub in West Howe is more your style.
[quote][p][bold]hooplaa[/bold] wrote: Place is a total rip off!!![/p][/quote]Dont go there then. I hear a pub in West Howe is more your style. Chris@Bmouth
  • Score: 2

10:35am Fri 31 Jan 14

susi.m says...

Nice café, nice environment and nice people running it. What more can one ask for?
Nice café, nice environment and nice people running it. What more can one ask for? susi.m
  • Score: 1

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