PLANS for a new improved cafe, bar and ice cream parlour on Brightlingsea seafront will create eight full-time jobs.

A dilapidated building near Bateman’s Tower on Promenade Way is going to be demolished and replaced with a two storey construction of three separated units.

The scheme will provide a new larger cafe, ice cream parlour and shop with modern kitchen, servery, cold stores, toilets and disabled toilets, and baby changing facilities on the ground floor.

Above will be a restaurant, bar area, further toilets, disability lift, balcony area and staff shower.

Lisa Brown also intends to create a new alfresco dining area around the outside of the building with bike stores, side service, shed and bin stores with disability access throughout.

The scheme, which will replace an existing shed type cafe, has been given the green light by Tendring Council.

A council spokesman said: “This proposal will support tourism within this seafront location and further demonstrates the confidence and commitment being shown in other regeneration projects across the district.

“The principle of a café is already established at the site. Although this is a much larger facility there is no material harm from the development and the application has been approved.”

The council said it was felt that overall the design will bring about a marked visual improvement to the area.

The application was supported by Brightlingsea Town Council.