Former Little Chef site set to get a new lease of life
PLANS to redevelop the long-derelict site of the former Little Chef next to the A1 at Brownieside, near Ellingham, have been approved by Northumberland County Council.
It is planned to construct a new gift shop and cafe, called Carnaby’s, with facilities for cookery demonstrations along with an adventure playground and children’s rollerblading and cycling area.
The applicants, Mr and Mrs G C Simpson, believe the site’s location next to the A1 make it ideally placed to provide a stopping point for travellers whilst also creating a destination in itself.
Agents George F White state: “The proposed development would greatly improve the appearance of the area, retaining the former café use whilst removing a redundant and dilapidated building and providing an attractive building in its place.”
The Little Chef operated until 2004 when it was closed down and the site has been empty since. There was also a petrol station next to it which closed prior to 2000.
Pre-application consultation was carried out with Ellingham Parish Council who confirmed that it had no objections to the proposals and that it would be a positive step for the site to be redeveloped.
The building would be constructed using Welsh slate roof, timber framed windows and locally sourced sandstone walls with large areas of glazing and a sedum roof to the eastern elevation. The car park would lie to the south of the café and gift shop, with the children’s play areas to the north. Two signs promoting the cafe are proposed next to the A1, to the south.
The application was approved by officers who said the proposal would not harm the character or appearance of the area.
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