Plans for 'green' cafe on Plymouth's waterfront given the go-ahead.
PLANS for a 'green' cafe at Sutton Harbour have been given the thumbs up.
The Real Food Kitchen – complete with zinc roof and wood cladding – will be built as part of a £75 million masterplan launched last year.
Council chiefs approved the plans yesterday .
Once opened, the cafe will sell only natural food using locally sourced ingredients.
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The cafe, expected to be open by this summer, will be built on land owned by Sutton Harbour Holdings.
It will be based in a contemporary open-sided building looking out towards the harbour.
Operated and managed by Phil Hague and Katie Easter, the Real Food Kitchen will create five new jobs and will also run a number of green initiatives, including a local allotment scheme to source food from earth to kitchen within an hour of harvesting.
Any leftover produce from the café will be donated to local charities or homeless shelters.
Phil is a classically trained chef who previously lectured for the faculty of business and leisure industries at City College Plymouth for 17 years.
He said: "We're incredibly passionate about producing 'real' food, whilst protecting the environment and enriching the local economy.
"Plymouth has a thriving restaurant and café scene and we are hopeful that our individuality can only go to strengthen this."
Jason Schofield, chief executive of Sutton Harbour Holdings, added: "The Real Food Kitchen will be a great addition to Sutton Harbour's food and drink offering, giving visitors a chance to enjoy truly local produce in a relaxed setting with fantastic views.
"We want to promote Sutton Harbour as a nationally significant destination to bring more visitors to the area and boost the local economy.
"We are committed to supporting the regeneration of Plymouth's waterfront and improving the leisure and retail offer of Sutton Harbour is a key part of that."
The café will occupy one of 12 underused sites identified by Sutton Harbour Holdings in and around Sutton Harbour for potential development.
The aim is that new restaurants, cafés, shops, offices and apartments create a rival to the likes of Albert Dock in Liverpool and St Katharine Docks in the City of London.
The plans are backed by a new marketing and branding campaign urging visitors to Experience Sutton Harbour as one of the UK's most attractive waterfront locations.
The café building has been designed to be moved with relative ease if required.