New measures will allow restaurants, pubs, cafes and bars to erect open-air catering structures without building permission throughout the summer. The government will remove planning requirements in a bid to increase the number of places allowed to open after the coronavirus lockdown on April 12, the current date for the resumption of outdoor dining.
The measures are part of a £ 56million Welcome Back Fund, according to Big Hospitality, with around 9,000 businesses set to benefit from the relaxed rules, which will also allow temporary outdoor catering structures to remain up all summer, instead of the current 28 days. These temporary planning conditions will join longer-established outdoor dining initiatives like that of Westminster Council in London, which will resume its program from summer 2020, which has seen tables on the streets of Chinatown, Soho, Fitzrovia and Covent Garden.
A guide to outdoor dining always needs a corollary guide to outdoor dining when it rains, and one of the biggest concerns of restaurants and pubs is the addiction to outdoor trade in a location. month best known for its showers. But the other bigger concern is a consequence of the government outsourcing the administration and funding of what constitutes an “al fresco” meal to local councils: inconsistency. The UK has seen fewer open-air dining structures that are just temporary buildings than America, with igloos in San Francisco and greenhouses in New York, but restaurateurs from the Coppa Club chain and a new ” London Chameleon’s multi-experiential space ‘ironically recently witnessed changing regulations under different conditions causing problems.
Earlier than the reopening date approaches.