A POPULAR snack van will become a permanent sight at a coastal car park after planners allowed it to stay.

Catherine King was given permission by East Lothian Council last year to set up The Picnic Box at Longniddry Bents Car Park No.2.

That year-long permission was set to expire but the local authority has extended the business’s stay for a further three years.

The planning officer’s report noted there were no letters objecting to the plans.

It reads: “Longniddry Bents Car Park No. 2 is one of three large coastal car parks which are used by a range of visitors including families, surfers, horse riders, dog walkers and ramblers who wish to explore this part of East Lothian’s coastline. The proposed snack van is a business use that would serve visitors to the area who are participating in coastal and countryside activities based within this coastal area.

“Consequently the siting of the proposed snack van and the provision of food and drink from it would not be incompatible with this coastal location.

“Therefore, and as it would benefit and further the enjoyment of the visiting public, it is a use that would enable and enhance the attraction of Longniddry Bents as a popular tourist area.”

Applying for permission, Ms King outlined that the community had supported her business.

She said: “This last year has been a huge learning curve for us, but we have been well received from the community and enjoy community support.

“Before beginning our renewal process, I have spoken with Longniddry Community Council to see if they are happy with us and their reply was positive and supportive of this application.”

The business, which serves cake, ice cream and hot drinks, is allowed on site 8.30am-4.30pm in the winter and until 7.30pm during the summer months.