Published: 06:00, 03 February 2021
| Updated: 16:29, 03 February 2021
The owners of a much-loved "party pub" have been granted permission to return it back to two separate buildings as they look for tenants to take them on.
Brendan and Angela Bean, whose family have run The Dolphin in Broadstairs for 30 years, have been given approval for the properties at 53 and 55 Albion Street.
Proposals submitted to Thanet District Council include a change of use to drinking establishment and restaurant meaning one section of the pub - the smaller part of the tavern, at 53 Albion Street - could potentially become an eaterie, while the popular pub would still run next door.
The plans, drawn up by Invent Architecture, also include a single storey extension at the back to provide a commercial kitchen and storage, if required by whoever takes it on.
Mr and Miss Bean, who are siblings, said: "We have obtained planning to return The Dolphin 53-55 Albion Street back into two separate properties.
"This will consist of no. 53 being extended at the rear to provide storage/kitchen. Following renovations this will be available for lease as a commercial lock-up property.
"The original public house at 55 Albion Street is also available for lease.
"The property consists of the commercial ground floor, kitchen and court yard, two bedroom flat and separate studio.
"Both properties boast prime location within the popular seaside town. The property offers enormous potential across a range of commercial enterprises.
"After 30 successful years as a family business we look forward to welcoming a new era and exciting opportunity."
In a report, Thanet council’s planning team says The Dolphin plays an important role in the local community as an independent drinking establishment and is a heritage asset.
“It contributes positively to the economy of Thanet and the attraction of Broadstairs as a place with independent drinking establishments,” the team adds.
The council says its policies support development linked to tourism and those which increase the attraction of the area with an upgrade in the range of facilities available.
“The works would not result in the net loss of any community facilities or floorspace, and would diversify the current offer,” planners added.
No objections were received to the plans and The Broadstairs Society wrote to the council supporting the proposal.
For more details about the properties see www.milesandbarr.co.uk/commercial-lettings