A Suffolk fish and chip business's plans to reinstate part of a restaurant following a fire are being recommended for approval by a council's planning officers.

East Suffolk Council's planning committee will decide at a meeting on November 14 whether to give the go-ahead for Sole Bay Fish Company at Southwold to salvage the dining area to ensure the business can carry on with day-to-day trading.

The business is in the process of bouncing back after a devastating fire on May 1.

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The fire stopped the restaurant from trading, leaving just the fishmonger and takeaway side of the business in operation.

Up to 80 firefighters from across Suffolk were called to tackle the flames at Blackshore Quay, including crews from Lowestoft, Haverhill, Beccles, Halesworth, Woodbridge, Leiston and Wrentham.

In June, the business announced that it had reopened and was 'up and frying' again following the fire.

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In a planning report, officer Jamie Behling said the restaurant would be temporary and would provide time for the business to agree formal plans with the council on how to replace what was lost in the blaze.

He added: "The proposal seeks to temporarily reinstate part of the building which is salvageable by re-erecting the walls and roof to make good what can be, so that the business can carry on their day-to-day trading within a securely enclosed space."

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In October, the EADT reported how the restaurant would be smaller than the original structure and within a 'roofed-in' area of the building saved by fire crews.

In a design and access statement with the application, the applicant's agent Ian Garrett Building Design said: "The temporary planning approval is important in creating a viable continuation of this very important business in the tourist location of Southwold, along with the retention of staffing, which without vital help from the landowner and planning authority, will potentially be unemployed."

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