PLANS for a two-storey restaurant at the end of Totland Pier are under consideration by the Isle of Wight Council.

The proposal also includes a new-build for Totland Pier Cafe and the plans were outlined at a public meeting last week attended by around 150 people.

Totland Pier Ltd now owns the cafe, and have an option to buy the pier, which is currently being rebuilt.

Charlie Kearns, speaking on behalf of the company, said: "We have applied for planning permission, and if granted, it will open up the pier for everyone.

"The opportunity arose around eight months ago when we contacted the developers. Having bought the cafe we mulled over whether we should go for a house at the end of the pier, which would be rented out, or a restaurant.

"In the end, we decided to go for the restaurant. If we get planning permission, it will have 120 covers and will specialise in seafood with local ingredients and local suppliers.

"We estimate we will employ around 55 people at the height of the season.

"The cafe will also be rebuilt over two storeys and will have an open gangway to allow people access to the whole of the pier."

Restaurateur Charlie grew up in Yarmouth.

"Totland beach was a special part of my life when I was growing up, and my grandfather used to have a beach hut there ­— it has special memories for me.

"We had a lot of positive feedback from our open meeting now we have to wait for planning.

"If we get the go-ahead, once we start on the cafe we hope to have it open again in May.

"The restaurant, we would expect to be open for the summer of 2021."