OUTSIDE seating can be created at a Douglas cafe in a conservation area.
The Council of Ministers has accepted the recommendation of independent planning inspector Ruth MacKenzie that outside seating at Coffee Republic, in 26 Victoria Street, be approved.
The planning application and registered building consent (12/00441/GB) and (12/00442/CON) by CR (IOM) Ltd were considered by an independent inspector because the area is on a pavement belonging to the Department of Infrastructure. In her report, Ms MacKenzie considered amended plans with a reduced width of the proposed seating area. It came after consultation with the Department of Infrastructure.
There would be four small tables, each with two chairs, enclosed by five removable advertising banners.
She said there would be no detrimental effect on the fabric, setting and character of the registered building.
And in relation to the development being in a conservation area, she said: ‘I consider that the proposed outdoor seating area would enhance the vibrant character of this commercial street without causing any material harm to the area’s appearance.’
Considering the safety and convenience of pedestrians, she said: ‘Passers-by would still have an unobstructed pavement 2.5 metres wide; ample space, in my opinion, for three people to walk side by side. There would also be sufficient space for mobility scooters, wheelchairs and pushchairs. To my mind there would be no need for anyone to step off the pavement in order to walk past.’
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