In June last year, Fareham Borough Council refused planning permission for ’84 by the shore’, a cafe in a detached garage in Portchester.
The owners then obtained leave on appeal and operated with temporary consent.
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Speaking to the planning committee, Emma Wells, one of the owners, said: ‘We have lived on the corner of Merton Avenue for 13 years and have seen a massive increase in the number of walkers, joggers and cyclists on along the shore.
“We originally opened the cafe to provide refreshments to passers-by, but were pleasantly surprised by the positive impact and effect it has had on the local community.
“Many locals who live alone find our coffee a godsend.
“Our little cafe can continue to make a positive contribution to the amenities of our local community.”
The cafe sits opposite an open green space on the shore overlooking Portsmouth Harbour. City documents indicate that it is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
Of the 151 letters residents sent to council, 12 opposed the continued use of the cafe while 139 were in favour.
Councilor Susan Walker added: ‘Walking along the shoreline has increased significantly over the past few years – it’s a good service for people walking there.
“Not just for adults, it sells ice cream for kids and provides water for dogs, so it has community value.”