Work on the new cafe-bar Fjara at a picturesque waterside location near Tesco can now go ahead after councillors approved the plans this morning.
Local businessman Dennis Leask announced proposals in May to build the new eatery, which will feature seating for up to 40 customers.
Members of the SIC’s planning committee gave the proposals their backing when they met at the town hall this morning.
Mr Leask wants light dining, snacks and a “civilised” drinking atmosphere to be the main features when the single-storey, timber-clad construction is opened for business in Sea Road.
A planned 30-week building programme could see the cafe-bar’s doors opened to customers next spring.
The plan is to avoid catering for the “pub-crawl” market, and promises to offer views for seal-watchers to enjoy.
The cafe is expected to attract customers from Nederdale and Westerloch areas who lack similar services.