Smoking enclosure at odds with vibrant street scene

In dismissing an appeal seeking permission for a plastic enclosure at the front of a restaurant within a central London conservation area, an inspector has agreed that it was at odds with the vibrant and attractive nature of the street scene.

The premises were located within a large market which also contained a range of cafes and restaurants. The seven metre long and two metre wide enclosure would fail to preserve the character of the conservation area and the benefits of providing an external smoking area did not outweigh this impact. It could also have an adverse impact on the amenity of residents since the enclosure could be used well into the evenings and would not mitigate noise generated within it by people talking and interacting.

Inspector: David Murray; Written representations

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