DC Casebook: Food and Drink Uses - Marquee for supporters denied consent

The owners of a pub near Manchester United's stadium have lost a bid to retain a marquee on part of a car park after an inspector held that the need to accommodate supporters does not outweigh its harmful visual impact.

The marquee, 27m long and 9m wide with a pitched roof almost 4m high, lay at the front of the pub and was visible in public views. The appellants explained that the pub was popular with supporters and there was a need to increase accommodation to prevent overcrowding. They asserted that the police authority supported the scheme, which increased the profitability of the business and required extra staff.

The inspector found that the white plastic marquee did not harmonise with the area of modern buildings of brick, steel and glass. Brick walls and tiled pitched roofs made the pub attractive but the marquee obscured ground-floor window and entrance details, he found. While agreeing that it might be acceptable for short periods, he was reluctant to sanction permanent retention.

DCS Number 100-069-110

Inspector Francis Farrimond; Written representations

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