The rundown ‘Goldfish Bowl’ on Teignmouth seafront will be turned into a Mediterranean style beach café.
The shelter has been used for more than 20 years by Teignbridge District Council for storage, but the council last year wished to bring the building back into use.
A tender period took place, and the preferred applicant wishes to convert the structure that overlooks the bowls green and has glorious sea views into a Mediterranean styled beach café, providing an all-day catering offer that aims to enhance the current seafront.
Teignbridge District Council’s Executive on Tuesday morning unanimously agreed to grant a 25-year lease to the applicants – a local company made up of four local business people.
Cllr Tim Golder, Portfolio Holder for Economy, Skills and Tourism, said: “This is an underused asset in a prime location at our premiere seaside destination. It will be changed from its current use as a store to something much more useful.”
A report to the executive added: “As well as the benefit of bringing new life and economic activity to this important seafront location, the grant of a lease will also bring new revenue income to the Council in the form of rent. In addition, once let, the Council will no longer be responsible for the premises business rates and maintenance costs.”
Terms for a lease will initially be agreed, subject to the grant of planning permission and a premises licence, currently anticipated to have been granted by Spring 2019, the report added.
A 25-year lease will be granted to enable the tenant to make the necessary investment in improvements to the premises and the establishment of a new business, the executive was told.