The Business and Planning Bill has been published setting out changes to legislation aimed at supporting business recovery.

  • New laws will help businesses get back on their feet and get people back in their jobs safely
  • Simpler licensing process for outdoor seating for pubs, restaurants and cafes
  • Councils encouraged to reduce red-tape and create more outdoor markets
  • Government plans to support outdoor dining as part of efforts to help the economy bounce back from coronavirus
  • Part of comprehensive plan to revive high streets, support the hospitality industry and help get people back to work

It includes proposals to reduce the consultation period for applications for pavement licences to from 28 calendar days to 5 working days, and granting consent after 10 working days if the council does not issue a decision, as well as setting a lower application fee for a pavement and street cafe licence, capped at £100.  Other measures include removing the need for planning applications for outdoor markets and marquees and doubling the time limits temporary structures can be placed on land, permissions for new markets etc etc.

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Draft Guidance: Pavement Licences

Draft guidance on the proposed new temporary Pavement Licences also published today. The aim is to streamline the process to allow pubs, restaurants and cafes to place removable furniture on footpaths outside their premises.

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And finally a reminder about the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund

This is EU money which English local authorities can (still!) access.

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