A new café extension at a retail store is set to "further enhance the offerings" for shoppers after plans were given the go ahead.

Improved facilities with an extension to the café area at the Central England Co-op store in Halesworth have been approved.

A scheme was submitted to East Suffolk Council in September, with plans centring around a "proposed café extension to the side of the existing store and to connect to the existing café area" at The Co-Operative store on Saxons Way, Halesworth.

The plans lodged with the council by agents DB3 Group, on behalf of the applicant Robin Tutt, were approved by East Suffolk Council under delegated powers.

Beccles & Bungay Journal: Halesworth signHalesworth sign (Image: Archant)

A design and access statement said the new café extension "will further enhance the offerings of the existing retail store to the local community."

The application added: "The proposed development will comprise of a single storey café extension." 

With the Central England Co-op application to "extend the existing café space to create more seating and a community space" along with the "construction of new outside seating area", it adds: "The scale of the extension will not overpower the site.

"The floor space created by the means of development is minimal.

"The existing overall floor area of the existing store and café is is 1700sq m, with the new extension providing an additional 98sq m."

Beccles & Bungay Journal: The proposed elevations for the enlarged Co-op store.The proposed elevations for the enlarged Co-op store. (Image: DB3 Group)

A report from a delegated officer at the council said: "Permission is sought for the construction of a single storey extension to provide an enlarged café with external seating area at the Co-operative Supermarket, Halesworth

"The enlarged café would provide 56 internal covers and 24 external covers in an outdoor seating area and an enlarged servery.

"Amended plans have been received during the course of the application, to improve the pedestrian linkages and four EV charging points are also provided within the supermarket car park."

With no "third-party representations or objections from the Town Council" having been received, it added: "Delegated approval is recommended, subject to the conditions."

In recommending that "planning permission be granted" subject to conditions and in granting approval, a decision notice letter to the agents from the council stated: "Permission is hereby granted by East Suffolk Council."