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Ambitious plans to radically redevelop North Denes including a land train unveiled

PUBLISHED: 11:58 23 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:58 23 September 2018

Links Road car park at Lowestoft's North Denes. Picture: Google

Links Road car park at Lowestoft's North Denes. Picture: Google

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A new restaurant, beach huts, public toilets and fitness and play areas and more could be on the way to Lowestoft as part of a radical redevelopment.

Peter Colby, a developer and businessman, is understood to have shown plans to land-owners Lowestoft Town Council to redevelop the Links Road car park near the North Denes.

The plans include a restaurant in the style of the Flora Tearooms in Dunwich and the Sole Bay restaurant in Southwold, 24-hour public toilets, beach huts, a play park, fitness area, and a new electric train called the ‘East Point Express’ to run between the restaurant and Ness Point.

Plans, seen by this newspaper, outline what Mr Colby hopes to build on land which he had applied for planning permission for a hexagonal restaurant earlier this year - a move which was met with criticism by local residents.

Documents state the proposed restaurant would “enjoy not only a reputation for fantastic Lowestoft fish but as the most easterly restaurant in the British Isles, with unsurpassed views out across the North Sea.”

The outdoor play park and fitness area would “promote” and “encourage” exercise amongst young and old people, with the funding for the play park likely to be requested from the Community Infrastructure Levy.

The final addition is the ‘East Point Express’, described as “an electric train that would run on tyres, not tracks, at no more than 4mph”.

The plans add: “The train would be open to families throughout the spring and summer seasons and would transport its passengers from the new restaurant to the compass rose at Ness Point.”

Customers would also receive a stamped certificate of their visit before the train returns them to the restaurant.

The owners of the land, Lowestoft Town Council, have said they will consult on any development plans for the area.

A spokesman said: “Mr Colby recently made a presentation to the Town Council’s Planning Committee. It goes without saying that the Town Council was keen to hear of initiatives which could improve the town and the quality of life for its residents and how the land in its ownership could be developed and improved.

“To this end the Council will be running a one-off public survey on gauge opinion from our electorate on what they would value in that area of the town. In the meantime, due initial consideration is being given to Mr Colby’s presentation.

“The Town Council is still awaiting for the Planning Authority, Waveney District Council, to determine the original planning application which Mr Colby submitted earlier this year solely for a café at the western side of the North Denes car park site.”

It is understood the survey will be shortly available on the town council’s website and Facebook page shortly.

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