DC Casebook: Food and drink uses - Trust wins consent for kiosk upgrade

The National Trust has secured permission for a replacement kiosk at a grade I listed property in the Kent green belt after satisfying an inspector that there are benefits to the scheme.

The proposed kiosk would be sited close to the existing one between a shop and a restaurant. The present kiosk was in poor condition, had limited insulation and failed to meet food hygiene standards, resulting in unsatisfactory working conditions for staff. Food preparation facilities were limited, with products being cooked in the restaurant and then transferred. Since the restaurant was not always open, this limited the range of food and drink products available to visitors.

Although the new kiosk would be 2.5m longer and 1m deeper than the existing one, the inspector deemed that it would have a minimal impact on the area's openness. In his view, its black timber cladding would allow it to integrate with the surrounding built form. He rejected the council's claim that it would look like a shipping container.

The new kiosk had previously been used at another trust site. The inspector agreed that it would be environmentally friendly to reuse the structure. Greater flexibility in food and drink preparation and serving and benefits to staff should not be given significant weight, he ruled. However, he concluded that removal of the existing kiosk and limited harm to openness justified approval.

DCS Number 100-068-992

Inspector Lloyd Rodgers; Written representations.

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