A disused storage building in Beadnell could be turned into a beach-side café and tearoom, creating five jobs in the village.
Allan Murdoch has applied for change of use planning permission for the building on Harbour Road, which is at the rear of the Beadnell Chip Shop and Post Office.
The proposal also involves a three metre extension to the rear of the building which overlooks the beach.
The café , which would be situated in the Northumberland and Berwickshire coast’s Special Area of Conservation (SAC), would employ two full time and three part time members of staff.
On behalf of the applicant, agent David Brewls Design Workshop Ltd, said: “The applicants objectives are to provide café facilities adjacent to the beach with access from Harbour Road.”
The proposal can only be seen from the beach and reuses a disused storage unit, with the café to be generally contained within the building’s existing footprint. Car parking would remain in its current location next to the site and the extension would match previously approved and developed extensions to the adjacent property.
David Allcock, of Natural England’s sustainable development consultation team, said that if the proposed development was undertaken “in strict accordance with the details submitted”, it was not likely to have a significant effect on the interest features for which Northumbria Coast Special Protection Area and Ramsar; Berwickshire and North Northumberland SAC; and North Northumberland Dunes SAC have been classified.