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17/09/2021

Appeal: Historic clifftop tearoom's conversion to holiday let blocked

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A tearoom atop the White Cliffs of Dover that was used as a secret radar bunker during the Second World War cannot be converted into a holiday let with manager's accommodation, an inspector has ruled, citing potential harm to the 'bleak' and 'vulnerable' landscape.

LOCATIONSt Margaret's BayAUTHORITYDover District CouncilINSPECTORDavid SpencerPROCEDUREVirtual hearingDECISIONDismissedREFERENCEAPP/X2220/W/20/3254613The appeal concerned Bluebird Tearooms, a cafe situated on top of the White Cliffs of Dover between St Margaret's bay and Deal. Built as a coastguard's lookout in 1921, the building had a secret underground bunker added to it to house a magnetron........
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