Long Sutton to have a Busy Bean Play Cafe in former bank?

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The former NatWest Bank in Long Sutton Market Place could get a new lease of life as a cafe with children’s play areas.

Chloe Ingham has applied for planning consent for a change of use of the bank, which closed in 2015, to be used by the Busy Bean Play Cafe Ltd.

The application submitted to the district council says the main cafe space will accommodate 48, with a variety of two, four and six seater tables.

It is envisaged the cafe will open 9.30am-4.30pm on four weekdays, 9.30am-3.30pm on Saturdays and by appointment on Sundays when requested for private parties.

The proposal includes two large areas for mixed age play and two small play areas.

It is also envisaged there will be additional rooms for family use and community workshops, but this will only happen as the business expands.

The community space is expected to be used for parent/child activities, including messy play, art workshops, language and sensory workshops and specialist workshops when requested by schools to cover early years pupil premium.

A spokesman for the Busy Bean team told the Spalding Guardian: “In the proposed building we plan to create a cafe that incorporates children’s play into the social and dining experience, allowing grown-ups to truly relax, have a well deserved coffee and a bite to eat, safe in the knowledge that their children are occupied in a quality play environment which follows all the latest initiatives for child development.

“This is the first play cafe of its kind, outside of London and the South, led by early years’ experts and parents.

“By the summer time, The Busy Bean Play Cafe hope to be holding bespoke workshops, meet up sessions and the establishment will be available to hire for parties, christenings, and baby showers.”

Last November bosses at The Willows Day Nursery in Fleet Hargate, Vicky Pitts and twins Chloe and Katie Ingham, along with mum Nicola Reeve were hoping to provide a similar cafe in Spalding by January but that venture did not go ahead.