Rockwater Village plans for Sandbanks and Branksome have been submitted

PLANS have now been submitted for the multi-million pound transformation of two beachfront locations.

Entrepreneur Luke Davis plans to transform restaurants and kiosks in Sandbanks and Branksome Chine into a Rockwater Village, modeled on the Rockwater operation he runs in Hove.

And official plans have now been submitted to PCO Council officials detailing the developments.

A statement submitted with Sandbanks’ application read: ‘Rockwater has successfully established a seaside cafe/restaurant in Hove and therefore has extensive knowledge and experience in designing and operating high quality restaurants which offer a attractive tourist offer and a seaside destination.

“So the current proposal offers an exciting opportunity to respectfully revitalize the iconic site of Sandbanks Beach, maximizing the use value of the site, enhancing the business opportunity on the site and enhancing Poole’s tourism offering.

“The existing building will be reconfigured to provide the dining area with central bar service, booth seating, sofa-style seating, a mid-height table, high tables and regular seating.

“The rear of the existing house will provide a unisex washroom with a separate baby changing and UA washroom, a communications room, glass and ice washing machines, a liquor store and a cellar.”

Speaking of Branksome China’s plans, the developers said it would retain the original 1930s building, with only “minimal changes” to the exterior facade.

The development would “make the most of the site’s unique location, capturing scenic views and also preserving the coastal character of Branksome Chine Beach”.

Speaking of the plans in January, Mr Davis said the two projects would be linked through the village of Rockwater.

He said: “The new venues will completely change the way Bournemouth seafront works, providing a high hospitality and community-focused experience.

“In keeping with the community spirit of Branksome and Sandbanks, the sites will aim to serve as a new community hub to support the mental and physical well-being of all visitors.

“As a passion project, I want Rockwater Village to become the heart of the community, providing a go-to venue for lifestyle and wellness events that breaks the mold of the traditional welcoming venue Britons would have could get used to.”

The plans will go to the committee in the coming months.

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