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NEW advice on offer to businesses considering opening a restaurant, cafe or bar in Sheffield has received the thumbs up from some of the city’s best-known food and drink venues.

Sheffield Council has put together a Food and Drink Guidance Note explaining the rules and regulations, the council’s approach for such businesses, and how to give a scheme the best chance of success.

The guidance has been developed with help and feedback from the Sheffield Restaurant Forum Eat Sheffield.

It contains information on when a planning application, or licence from either the Licensing or Highway Authority, is needed and the process to go through. The document also spells out the factors that will be considered when making that decision, such as, noise and disturbance, traffic issues, cooking smells, dealing with refuse storage and access to the property.

It provides a checklist for the applicant, on all the information that will be needed when making a planning application.

Simon Ogden, head of city development at Sheffield Council, said: “We know people have been crying out for a simple route through the food and drink licensing process which can be quite complex and confusing.”

n Log on to www.sheffield.gov.uk and www.eatsheffield.com to download the document.