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Bid to bring Cafe Dansant back to Cleethorpes set for green light

A stunning proposal to bring Cafe Dansant - once one of the hottest live music venues in Cleethorpes in the early 1900s - back to Cleethorpes is set to be given the go-ahead.

Bid to bring Cafe Dansant back to Cleethorpes set for green light

The grand plans to rekindle old memories of bygone days on Cleethorpes seafront, and in turn breathe new life into the resort, were revealed several months ago.

Owner of the Kingsway Kiosk, Andy McClusky, submitted his vision to transform the seaside cafe into one of Cleethorpes' top live music venues to North East Lincolnshire Council for consideration.

And after months of waiting, the council's planning committee will finally meet to discuss the plans in detail at a meeting on Wednesday, October 11.

Planners at the council have recommended the application for approval despite some complaints from local residents, who have raised concerns over a possible increase in noise generated by the redevelopment.

The fresh plans to bring a 21st century version of the cafe to Cleethorpes, mean the new Cafe Dansant would replace the existing Kingsway Kiosk cafe, and take inspiration in its design from the original 1930s Victorian building design.

Hodson Architects submitted the planning proposal to the council's planners for approval on behalf of Mr McClusky, who has pledged a significant investment into his dream to revitalise the venue.

Seating as many as 160 at any one time, the new Cafe Dansant would be a family-friendly venue during the day, serving hot and cold food and with a licenced bar, and will look to host a range of local bands in themed live music during the evenings throughout the week.

Developers met with residents of Cleethorpes in January to discuss preliminary plans, and as a result of that constructive consultation, decided to include an outside courtyard seating area in the final plans.

The new cafe would extend the existing venue three-fold, and will even come with a rooftop terrace to give guests a chance to overlook Cleethorpes beach.

If accepted, the new build will have a "striking" appearance but will fit in with the local surroundings. It will have a grey zinc roof, with much of the exterior covered with charred black timber.

North East Lincolnshire Council's planning committee will meet at 9.30am on Wednesday, October 11 at Grimsby Town Hall.

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