Plans to convert a former seafront cafe into a bistro may be moving ahead nearly a year after it was initially proposed. 

A bid to transform the North Lodge Park Cafe in Cromer was lodged in March last year after the business closed just six weeks after opening the previous summer. 

The charity About with Friends took over its lease with plans to turn it into a fully licensed bistro within "a few weeks" but a number of delays hindered the redevelopment. 

Eastern Daily Press: The North Lodge Park Cafe and adjoining tea room closed after just six weeks in 2022The North Lodge Park Cafe and adjoining tea room closed after just six weeks in 2022 (Image: Google Maps)

Jamie Moses, the charity's operations director, has since outlined details of the building's renovation and operation in a North Norfolk District Council planning application.

It will see an all-new decking area built, with additional outdoor lighting, public toilets and space for 48 indoor diners. 

The plans also show a new tea room and reclaimed wood bar area. 

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The venue would be staffed by qualified chefs and caterers who would teach members of the charity with learning disabilities culinary skills to help them achieve qualifications of their own.

Mr Moses previously said: "We are not looking at this as being any sort of pub - this is going to be a licenced bistro for quiet evenings out."

The conditions of the build have been approved by the council and it is currently pending further consideration.