The pub occupied a corner site with a small private forecourt facing onto two roads. Drinking had been allowed in this area until 11pm each evening and customers sat at up to six outside tables. The inspector noted that this number would not increase under the appeal proposal, being limited to four tables on the deck and two on the forecourt.
Bearing in mind the recent increase in use of the forecourt resulting from the smoking ban in pubs, the inspector did not consider that the deck would give rise to an increase in noise and disturbance. External seating facilities at pubs are becoming accepted parts of the urban fabric, he remarked. Subject to the screening and awning being suitably coloured, he held that the proposal would not compromise the area's character or appearance.
DCS Number 100-050-637
Inspector Andrew Jeyes; Hearing.