Planning application 2015/69 relates to an retrospective planning plication which reads ‘RESUBMISSION OF PLANNING APPLICATION 2014/1688 FOR RETENTION OF FENCING AND DECKING ON DERELICT LAND ADJACENT 168-170 MAIN STRET, TO BE USED AS AN OUTDOOR EATING AREA BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 10.30 HOURS AND 18.30 HOURS. THERE WILL BE NO OUTDOOR LIGHTING OR MUSIC TO KEEP NOISE LEVELS TO A MINIMUM. THIS IS A TEMPORARY DEVELOPMENT.’ The previous application sought use from 10.30am until 10.30pm, this application seeks usage of the deck area until 6.30pm. The planning application can be found on the council web site via this link (if it does not work type in the planning application number): http://ww2.solihull.gov.uk/planning_new/dc/ViewApp.asp . The design statement is via this link: 0069_design_and_access_statement
I understand the application is a temporary application until the site is developed (it is possible the site will become part of the Poison Chalice Bar/Restaurant, but within a built up structure with apartments above).
It is important for people to have their say on this issue. I am pretty neutral because I do not live nearby, nor use the bar. What I do point out though is this:
Whilst the decking area is not in use there is no noise. Therefore, when it is being used noise, whether low or loud, will emanate. Will the noise be excessive is an issue planners and the decision makers have to take into consideration. Will any noise be above what is usually heard in the street and from any garden bar-b-q’s from nearby houses? Are measures taken by the owner to ensure patrons adhere to licensing laws sufficient?
There is also the environmental aspect. I know the owner of the bar claims the decking area is an improvement on the street scene and the car park in general and what he says has a good deal of merit in that respect. Is what is being proposed proportionate in the circumstances?
It is always my aim to promote engagement and democracy and it is important that people have their say on this application. People can make comment on line via the council’s planning portal. Please have your say.