Scarborough’s high street is set to come alive – quite literally – after plans were approved for a new Japanese-themed café with a fish tank built into the front of the building.
Applicant Paul Jackson submitted plans to Scarborough Council to transform 10 Westborough into a feature to the town centre with a grass wall and the tank facing the high street.
The plans for the building, which most recently was home to Season’s of Scarborough, have now been given the green light by the council’s planning officers after no objections to the plans were received.
Mr Jackson’s planning statement sheds some light on the as-yet-unnamed cafe’s look.
It states: “The main external alteration is to replace the existing shop front and wall above with a living wall.
“This requires that a new structural wall be erected 225mm back from the existing front face of the front elevation to allow for the thickness of the living wall and its support structure. The planting will have a Japanese theme to match the theme of the café.
“A ‘fish window’ is proposed to be inserted into the living wall. This is, in essence, a feature fish tank ( holding koi carp to match the Japanese theme ) that provides a focal point and some visual interest to match the main theme of the café.
“The tank protrudes both inside and outside of the building as per the proposed sectional drawing. The tank duals as a window and may or may not contain real fish depending on the practicality/feasibility after seeking specialist advice re the well being of said fish.”
The report adds: “The proposed architectural treatment to the proposed front elevation represents a colourful and unusual solution that may lift what some may see is a ‘flagging’ high street. It adds to rather than detracts from the varied street scene.”
The council officer’s report noted that the new business would likely be open from 8am until 8pm five days a week and until 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays.