The proposed new Central Park café has taken a major step towards reality after designs were submitted for planning permission.
The café is one of the flagship projects of the Central Park Masterplan, which sees a £9 million investment in one of Plymouth’s most popular green spaces.
Located adjacent to the clock tower, one of the busiest and most visible points of the park, the cafe will overlook a brand new play area and be close to new tennis courts, bowling greens and the refurbished skatepark.
With a grass roof, large amount of glazing and canopy-covered external seating area, the high-quality design aims to reflect and take advantage of the natural landscape and stunning views in the park.
It will be an ideal spot for all ages and provide a base for families to enjoy refreshments while being able to watch children playing.
Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning, said: “Submitting the plans for the café is a major milestone and the icing on the cake for the Central Park project.
“I’m really impressed with the designs and hope that eventually, when the café is built, it will stand as a reminder to the hard work and dedication that so many have put into ensuring that Central Park is enjoyed by generations to come.”
Inside, the café will seat around 25 people with the outdoor seating area providing extra capacity in better weather.
There will also be new toilets, which will be open to all park users during the café’s opening hours.
In the New Year, the Council will be seeking an operator for the café leasehold who has the experience and desire to provide a unique venue and offer that promotes healthy eating and environmental sustainability within an affordable price range.
The café is just one part of the Central Park Masterplan which includes path upgrades, four new tennis courts, new cricket, rugby and junior football pitches complete with improved changing facilities, a new skateboarding facilities and improvement to drainage across the park.