A planning application has been submitted that could see the temporary cafe at the Point of Ayre Lighthouse become a permanent feature.

The application, 22/00568/GB, can be found here.

There is currently a temporary cafe running from a container at the lighthouse, but as no planning permission has been received, the owner has been asked to do so.

The application adds: ‘The advice given by the Planning Department was that it would be better to locate the Café inside one of the existing buildings rather than using the container and a suitable location was identified, which is the subject of this application.’

The proposed Café is to be located in the workshop building and the only exterior work needed would be to replace one of the current fixed uPVC windows (south elevation) with an openable window.

The plans outline that steps would be taken to protect the registered building, no plastic would be given out on site and other steps will be taken to ensure other potentially environmentally dangerous waste is kept to an absolute minimum with bins being provided.

It also states that: Customers will be encouraged to bring their own cup or mug for which a discount will be given. Moneys generated from this will be donated to Manx Wildlife trust.’ And that the applicant intends to join the gov’s Biosphere scheme and provide educational material about the wildlife of the area on the back of menus and or permanent poster signs.