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Cafes and pubs allowed extra outdoor seating in Cornwall

Cafes and pubs allowed extra outdoor seating in Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:40am 28th May 2020.

Written by Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

Town centre businesses will be allowed to put extra seating and tables outside as they reopen from lockdown without the need for planning permission.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced at the weekend that there were plans to allow shops and businesses to start reopening their doors next month.

With the need for social distancing guidelines to be in place cafes and pubs have been told that they will be able to have extra furniture outside as long as it is safe.

"When business premises wish to place tables, chairs and other temporary furniture adjoining but outside the boundaries of their unit, a change of use planning permission is normally required for this.

“However, as part of the Council’s COVID-19 recovery strategy, the local planning authority will tolerate and not take any enforcement action for 2020, in respect of any business in a town centre who wishes to place outside temporary furniture adjoining their premises without planning permission, providing there are no public safety implications.

“This is to allow businesses to re-open safely and provide additional space to enable customers to exercise any social distancing requirements as well as supporting businesses through this difficult economic period.”

Adam Paynter, deputy leader of Cornwall Council

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“I am really pleased that the council are thinking ahead on this. An awful lot of businesses have taken a huge financial hit during lockdown and will want to reopen just as soon as they are allowed to do so.

"Of course, this can only be done if it is safe to do so. Relaxing rules on outdoor seating will help businesses to serve the public whilst keeping them as safe as it is possible to do so.”

Rob Nolan, Cabinet member for environment and public safety

 Cllr Paynter said that the council’s enforcement team had also had no increase in calls about businesses suspected of breaking the current lockdown rules over the bank holiday weekend.

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He said: “After investigation officers found the vast majority of these reported businesses, which ranged from holiday lets to restaurants and pubs, were not open illegally.
“Now the council is thanking holiday lets, hotels, bed and breakfasts, holiday parks and campsites for doing their bit in staying closed to visitors to Cornwall and supporting the campaign asking them to please come back later.
“It is also reminding takeaway businesses which are allowed to be open not to provide outside seating to customers who should be consuming their food orders away from the business premises.”

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