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Hub Box burger bar on Lemon Quay plans to expand

By WBMiles  |  Posted: January 15, 2014

The Hub Box on Lemon Quay is looking to expand.

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A burger bar in an industrial container in the centre of Truro could have a battle on its hands over plans to expand.

The Hub Box set up shop in Lemon Quay in 2012 and has won legions of fans while also causing concerns regarding the smell of cooking permeating the public space.

Now the restaurant wants to add a second industrial container and explore the possibility of using the Compton Castle boat which has lain empty for years.

Based on the existing temporary use the restaurant said it would hope to employ nine full-time and two part-time staff at the Lemon Quay site.

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Cornwall Council will make the final decision on whether or not to grant planning permission but Truro City Council has made its objections clear.

Alex Towill, head chef at the restaurant, said: “I think what we are doing on that site is really positive.

“We would love it to be a community-based area people can go and enjoy.”

The plans state the two restaurant containers would be positioned at right angles to each other with a canopy between them.

The Hub Box owners said the scheme would make it viable to carry out substantial permanent improvements to the quay.

The planning application states: “Within the main area of the site it is proposed to tidy up the edge of the quay by removing all the existing timber posts and continue the nautical style railings across the whole river frontage.”

Wherever possible planting would be provided behind the railings on the top of the bank.

A new extraction system would also be put in place as part of the plans.

The people behind the project said it would be too much of a financial risk to immediately set up a permanent restaurant within the boat because of the high cost of installing a kitchen, cold room and other services. But they would like to see the boat being used for temporary shops.

Truro City Council members unanimously opposed the plans and said Lemon Quay was “an inappropriate location for this type of food outlet” and that “this type of development should be discouraged”.

In total the restaurant would be able to seat 32 people inside and 60 in outside areas.

The restaurant would be open from 11.30am until 10.30pm from Monday to Saturday and from 11.30am until 8pm on Sundays.

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  • NikReados  |  January 17 2014, 11:47AM

    I took a picture of the site before the Hubbox was in place, it was a real mess and an eyesore. I really hope the Council don't want it to go back to this. http://tinyurl.com/nd2poun

  • NikReados  |  January 17 2014, 11:46AM

    I took a picture of the site before the Hubbox was in place, it was a real mess and an eyesore. I really hope the Council don't want it to go back to this. http://tinyurl.com/nd2poun

  • TWINSCREW  |  January 17 2014, 11:22AM

    Perhaps Den_a_Gurnow would like to tell us how many people he employs and his experience of the retail trade? Having now retired after running my own business for 23 years I can tell him that providing work for employees in 2013/14 is no easy matter as described below by Alexhubbox, a business will stand or fall by the service it provides and the paying customers will decide it's fate, judging by the positive comments below I would say this business has a bright future. Good luck to them.

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  • Richardboon21  |  January 17 2014, 10:19AM

    Dear Den_a_Gernow You appear to be somewhat misinformed, in your comments. A3 restaurant consent in place. Liquor licence in place. Rates paid to Cornwall council ten times per annum. Paye & Vat Paid monthly. Landlord Porthia Homes paid monthly, which I presume contradicts your "Squatting" claim! Planning submitted as we would like to add value to the key and give other start up business a chance to trade from the site. We are a legitimate business with Sites in Truro, St Ives and Exeter, employing in excess of 60 staff. I am all for freedom of speech but wish people like yourself would base your comments on fact not fiction. Regards Richard Boon Co owner Hubbox

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  • Alexhubbox  |  January 17 2014, 7:55AM

    Hi Den_a_gernow, I think you might need to do a little bit more research before you start making things up on the Internet as all of the below points are false. All the best, Alex co-owner hubbox

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  • Den_a_Gernow  |  January 16 2014, 11:21AM

    slightly off planning permission but these guys are operating with no consent, no licences, paying no rates, tax? in otherwords not playing by the rules of everybody else - they've been forced to put this in otherwise enforcement action will be taken - can they be trusted to operate by the rules in the future and give fair competition to other operators? They are basically squatting at present and don't have the permission of the owner of the site.

  • Truro_England  |  January 15 2014, 6:04PM

    These guys have done so well for themselves. Unfortunately there are many small minded nimbies about, always waiting under a small rock and ready to complain about anything they don't enjoy or want. Let's hope the council allow this to go through, could always sink the rotting boat.

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  • martian1956  |  January 15 2014, 2:07PM

    Some people will complain about anything that brings improvement or competition to an area. Sad and small minded. Great burgers and great news.

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  • jenesaispas  |  January 15 2014, 1:48PM

    I don't understand the complaints either. They're already there so how can they say it's an inappropriate location for this type of food outlet. It'll draw more people into the Lemon Quay area, and therefore to the surrounding shops (a good thing no?). I don't think it's been an invasive addition to the Quay, just beneficial.

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  • Hambly Freeman Ltd  |  January 15 2014, 1:31PM

    Having visited Truro recently I can say that Hub Box is awesome. I don't understand Truro City Council's complaints considering the proposed plans would not only encourage visitors to the city (or at least increase their spend while visiting!) but will also improve an element of the Lemon Quay area that would otherwise continue to be ignored and left to further decline! To Hub Box owners... if the plans don't get approved, feel free to further expand the Exeter operation, because you're an absolute hit up here now too! :)

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