PLANS for a new café to fill a vacant unit in Christchurch have been given the green light.

Planning permission has granted for a change of use at the former ‘Goff’s Family Funeral Services’ at 132 Purewell.

Applicant Tarik Kuyumcu requested that the vacant site could be used as a café called ‘Street Coffee’, offering refreshments and light snacks.

In recommending the application for approval, a planning officer said: “It is considered that, taking into consideration the mixed uses found within this local centre, the proposed use would be compatible here.

“Weight has been given to the ongoing economic benefits of the scheme. It is not considered to result in harm to the Purewell conservation area or to other nearby heritage assets.

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“Sufficient car parking is available in the locality and the proposals will not increase flood risk to users of the premises.”

A condition has been set meaning the café cannot operate outside of 7am and 6pm Monday to Saturday, and 8am and 4pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

As well as this, no deliveries can be taken at or despatched from the site outside of 7.30am and 7pm Monday to Saturday.

The planning officer said: “With the suggested conditions imposed the proposal is unlikely to result in harm to residential amenity.”

BCP Council approved the application on June 12.