Councils Slash “Red Tape” To Bring Al Fresco Boost For Pubs And Restaurants

The hospitality and licensed on trade has received a boost with communities secretary Robert Jenrick ordering red tape must be cut to make it easier for pubs and restaurants to have tables and chairs in the street or put up marquees in their beer gardens.

With outdoor dining and drinking set to recommence on 12 April as part of the government roadmap, Robert Jenrick has called on every council leader to help the hospitality industry in every way possible after a year of compulsory closures due to the pandemic.

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As businesses seek to reopen some have been hit with bills as they sought planning permission to put up a temporary shelters.

In a letter to council leaders Mr Jenrick urged them tow waive planning rules unless there are exceptional circumstances.

And in a further boost for pubs, he has also extended the concession for another year until the end of September 2022.

Mr Jenrick said he was determined to cut petty bureaucracy to help the struggling hospitality industry which supports 900,000 jobs.

: “I’m determined that we don’t let red tape get in the way of a great British summer.

“The planning changes we put in place last year have been a lifeline to many businesses and they’re here to stay for the summer of 2021.

He added: “We will be extending pavement licences for a further 12 months, making it easier and cheaper for pubs, restaurants and cafes to continue to make al fresco dining a reality with outside seating, tables and street stalls to serve food and drinks.”