Catch Seafood Market and Grill plan is approved
Plans for a restaurant in St George’s have given the green light by the Department of Planning after they were modified to address objections.
The application, submitted by Brick Verde Architectural Services on behalf of Tonka Simpson, would turn Magnum House — the former Sweet Saak’s Bakery — on York Street into Catch Seafood Market and Grill.
According to a Development Applications Board report penned by a technical officer, the concerns raised about the original plan boiled down to the location of exhaust fans and proposed changes to the building’s façade.
The report writer said that revisions to the plans would lessen the visual impact of the supply and exhaust fans for the restaurant.
While the Historical Building Advisory Committee had urged further changes to the façade, the technical officer found that the changes that had been made were acceptable.
“The department believes that the plans have been revised sufficiently to address the concerns put forth by HBAC during their first review as well as the specific request from the heritage officer on June 27,” the DAB report said.
“Additionally, the proposal received support from the other two entities which ensure historical design oversight within the Town of St George, namely the St George’s Preservation Authority, as well as the Corporation of St George.
“The Preservation Authority stated that they were against the proposed awnings and as such they were removed. The Corporation of St George requested several building design elements to be addressed to which a planning condition has been included to ensure that the Corporation of St George review the plans again at the building permit stage.”
The technical officer said that overall the proposal had “incorporated sufficient traditional design elements”, which were appropriate for a non-listed building in the town.
“The proposal will not cause any visual detriment to the Barber’s Alley, the Historic Protection Area nor the Unesco World Heritage site,” the report writer added.
The plans went before the DAB at its meeting on Sunday, and the planning file was subsequently marked as approved.