All pubs and restaurants will be allowed to erect marquees without planning permission to help them boost trade out of isolation.
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick will announce the move today as part of a £ 56million ‘Welcome Back’ initiative designed to help cities and businesses make the most of looming freedoms.
Ministers also last night announced further support of £ 100million for the reopening of local authority recreation centers and gymnasiums.
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick will announce the move today as part of a £ 56million ‘Welcome Back’ initiative designed to help cities and businesses make the most of looming freedoms
Ministers also last night announced further support of £ 100million for the reopening of local authority recreation centers and gymnasiums
Last year, the 28-day rule that limits the use of temporary structures was suspended for pub and restaurant marquees to allow their use throughout the summer.
This year, the rule is expected to be suspended as of April 12, when outdoor hospitality is expected to resume. The suspension will continue throughout the summer.
The flexibility will also be extended to around 9,000 pubs and restaurants that were unable to take advantage of it last year due to listed building status or other local restrictions.
Ministers hope the move will help the hospitality industry, which is only expected to be able to serve guests indoors until at least May 17. Mr Jenrick said the suspension of normal planning rules was a “unique power to support our people”.
Additional flexibility will also be given to stores, with boards being asked to make a “presumption in favor” of requests for the installation of stands outside their premises or for the operation of outside markets. And Mr Jenrick will write to local authorities ordering them to reopen public toilets in time for the economy to unlock.
A separate review has also been launched on providing more public toilets, especially for women, and ministers are expected to continue cracking down on cowboy parking businesses, with limits on fees and an appeal process. simplified.
As part of the “Welcome Back” fund, grants will be made available to cities for the planting of streets, the tidying up of parks and the installation of new outdoor seats. Funding will also be available to support local festivals and street markets and to roll out Covid measures such as installing signs and employing marshals.
Mr Jenrick said: “As we take the next step in the out-of-lockdown roadmap, we all look forward to reuniting our friends and family outside and returning safely to our shops, favorite cafes, pubs and restaurants.
“This funding will help councils and businesses to safely welcome buyers, diners and tourists for a great summer. “
Meanwhile, the £ 100million National Recreation Recovery Fund will be available to help local authorities reopen facilities deemed essential to improving the health and fitness of the public.