Marston’s Brewery Project has applied for planning permission to build a 150-seat food-led pub in Hunstanton, West Norfolk.
Council officers recommend that permission be granted when it is discussed at a meeting next week.
However, a local civic society has formally objected on the grounds that the restaurant will end any chance of reopening a historic railway station on the site.
The council officer’s report states: “The development proposal results in significant benefits in respect of providing 50 local employment opportunities, 15 of which are full-time positions, and the physical regeneration of an under-used and unattractive car park.
“Here the building’s siting close to the road, varied form and local materials will provide an attractive development which significantly enhances the street scene along a key gateway into the town.
“These positive effects need to be weighed against the adverse impact, the building on the railway trackbed.
“On balance, the economic and physical regeneration benefits of the development are considered to outweigh this potential loss.”
Marston’s is currently considered to be the UK’s most prolific builder of new pubs, with £300 million ear marked for building projects. In its most recent financial statement, the company said it was on track to open 25 pubs this year.