The Bristol company Loungers is applying for planning permission to change the frontage of the former Prezzo restaurant in 16 Windsor Road, Penarth prior to moving its “Ocho Lounge” across the street to the new premises.
The scheme involves removing the existing full-length front windows and replacing them with timber frontage – the window panes of which can be opened to admit fresh air in warm weather – similar to those at Bar 44 Tapas next door .
Loungers say that “This not only provides an active frontage onto the street, creating vibrancy for Windsor Road, but also helps with the natural ventilation and cooling of the unit to avoid the need for mechanical cooling whenever possible.”
At first floor level the firm proposes to “maximise the first floor level trading space” .
So that the first floor can accommodate more than 60 customers there will be two “escape staircases” leading down to the front door area to give fire escape onto the street.
The existing metal spiral staircase will be replaced by a “new timber internal accommodation staircase ” between ground and first floor level.
A change of use is also proposed for the second floor level (currently A3 “residential” to provide WC accommodation and storage.
Loungers have also submitted a licensing application to serve alcohol at the former Prezzo premises from 10:00 to 23:00 Sunday to Wednesday inclusive, from 10:00 to 24:00 Thursday to Saturday inclusive, and from 10:00 to 01:00 on New Year’s Eve .