Laura Sharman 26 June 2020

Planning rules relaxed to support outdoor dining

Planning rules relaxed to support outdoor dining image

The Government has temporarily lifted planning rules to allow pubs, restaurants and cafes to serve customers outdoors.

Under the new measures, pubs and restaurants will be allowed to use car parks and terraces as drinking and dining areas using their existing licenses. Licensed premises will also be able to sell alcohol for consumption off the premises.

In addition, outdoor markets, pop-up car-boot sales and summer fairs will not require a planning application.

The Local Government Association (LGA) welcomed the Business and Planning Bill but warned councils must retain oversight of the activities allowed in their local areas.

Cllr David Renard, the LGA’s economy spokesman, said: ‘Councils need to be able to refuse requests where these cannot be managed safely, and to be able to take action if any issues arise following reopening. The relaxation of these rules will require individual business owners, trade groups and the police to work together alongside responsible behaviour by customers. The full responsibility, and cost, for making this work successfully does not sit with local authorities alone.

’Councils will need to process a potentially large number of applications in a short period of time so will also need clear and comprehensive guidance from government.’

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Senior Care Manager

London Borough of Bromley
Up to £43,205 (BR13+2) (Pro rata'd when part time)
The London Borough of Bromley Education, Care and Health Services Division are looking for Senior Care Managers Bromley (London Borough), London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Bromley

Senior Practitioner Referral and Assessment Team

London Borough of Bromley
up to £45,159 per annum
Join us on our journey to excellence. Bromley (London Borough), London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Bromley

Senior Practitioner - Family Support & Protection West Essex

Essex County Council
Negotiable
In ECC we are "Serious about Social Work". Having recently won the Best Social Work Employer of the Year and been awarded 'Outstanding' by Ofsted thi England, Essex, Harlow
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Head of Property, Investment and Regeneration

Lancaster City Council
£51,300 - £64,369 per annum
We are looking for a creative, inspirational and commercially minded leader who is able to translate vision and strategy into reality. Lancaster, Lancashire
Recuriter: Lancaster City Council

Social Worker (0-25 Disabilities Service)

Barnet London Borough Council
£39,040.00 - £49,950.00 Per Annum
We are looking for skilled, dynamic and motivated Social Workers Colindale, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Barnet London Borough Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue