Application for continued restaurant use at former David Copperfield granted

David Copperfield has been sold

An application for continued use as a restaurant has been made for The David Copperfield Harvester off Westwood.

The venue, which has been sold, shut on April 1.

An application for a certificate of lawfulness allowing continued restaurant use has been made by applicant, property advisers JLL based in Nottingham.

The application also lists an interest in the land by Mark Thomas- Director of Estate Management for Mitchells & Butlers, which were the owners of the David Copperfield. The name was headed as Private and Confidential but has been published on the Thanet council planning portal.

According to a planning expert the successful application does mean, however, that a change to A1 retail or A2 financial and professional services would not need any planning permission, widening out who the site could be attractive to.

The other possibility is  distinguishing between a restaurant and a pub with expanded food provision, gives comfort to an incoming restaurant user who wants the guarantee that the use cannot be challenged.

According to Land Registry the company bought the site in 2006. The price is not stated. An update for a new owner has not yet been made.

The David Copperfield was handed a zero star food rating on 2017 but achieved five stars at its last inspection in February 2018.

A Harvester spokesperson previously said: “ Following an approach, we have taken the decision to sell the David Copperfield Harvester. The team have been consulted and we hope to redeploy as many employees as possible to other sites we operate nearby.”

The new buyer was not named. The application was submitted in February and granted on April 10. Hoardings are currently up at the site.