A cafe which has already opened received approval for councillors at a planning committee on Wednesday.
Chichester District Council received 24 letters supporting an application for a cafe at Birdham Pool Marina and 11 opposing it, as well as an objection from the parish council.
Despite concerns raised over the site being part of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), officers recommended the committee permit the retrospective planning application for Scuttlebutt Cafe.
The parish council objected to the planning application for a number of reasons including: further development in a sensitive area, intrusion into the northern side of the causeway, a reduction in parking facilities and loss of land to the marina for marina purposes.
The application site is situated on a small parcel of land located on the southern side of the Birdham Pool Marina and was previously used to store boats from the marina.
Birdham parish councillor Graham Campbell said:
“This is further develop- ment into a sensitive area of AONB which the parish council is very keen on protecting. We have written this into our neighbourhood plan and our heritage policies.”
Supporter, Mrs Anita Trevelyan, said:
“This should be welcomed as an all-round year facility, supporting the marina business, its staff and visitors to the area. I don’t consider it detrimental to the AONB as it enhances local and tourist business and it doesn’t harm the appearance of the area.”
Cllr Sarah Sharp said she didn’t have any concerns about parking because, “as nice as it is, the cafe is not exactly a Michelin star establishment drawing customers from far and wide”.
She also added that there was no reason to refuse it just because there other cafes nearby, and in fact choice was a good thing.