Scarborough cafe Greensmith & Thackwray is refused permission for pavement seating

A Scarborough town centre cafe has been denied permission for its plans to allow its customers to sit outside to enjoy their coffees.

By Carl Gavaghan, Local Democracy Reporting Service
Thursday, 29th April 2021, 3:07 pm
Updated Thursday, 29th April 2021, 3:08 pm

North Room Ltd had submitted the pavement licence request to Scarborough Council for Greensmith & Thackwray, in St Nicholas Street.

Following a public consultation Scarborough Council has now confirmed that the application has been refused.

No reason has been given.

Greensmith and Thackwray, in St Nicholas Street.

The application from the cafe stated: “The application is for outdoor seating to the front of the premises for [the] serving of food and drink, Monday to Sunday [from] 9am until 6pm.”

Pavement licences were made easier to get by government legislation brought in last year, designed to promote economic recovery and growth in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Planning permission is temporarily waived for pavement licences and the process is sped up to limit the waiting times for those applying.

The aim of the legislation is to help protect hospitality businesses and give them the opportunity to maximise their income potential whilst social distancing measures remain in place.

As part of the decision-making process, Scarborough Council consults with its own environmental health team, the highways authority, North Yorkshire Police and the public.