Planning problems for cafe

PLANS to turn a cafe into a restaurant which would open during the evening have hit problems as the premises only have planning permission to trade in the mornings and afternoons.

Julian Evans has applied to Sheffield Council's Licensing Board for permission to open the eaterie, on Abbey Lane, Woodseats, between 8am and 9pm from Sundays to Wednesdays, and 8am until 10pm from Thursdays to Saturdays.

The businessman, from Norton Lees, said: "Alcohol would only be served with food. There will be CCTV cameras inside and out and we will liaise with police and trading standards." He added he was willing to join the Pubwatch scheme - an initiative through which licensees regularly meet to discuss latest policies and share information.

But Phil Abbott, Sheffield Council's head of planning, said: "I have concern in that there is potential for noise nuisance to occur.

"Patrons would potentially cause noise while arriving and as they disperse. Planning consent for the premises restricts hours of use to between 9am and 6pm Mondays to Saturdays with no opening on Sundays.

To operate beyond these permitted hours, the applicant would be in breach of the planning approval and it is likely to result in enforcement action and potential prosecution."

Mr Evans would need to apply for planning permission to open later and on Sundays. Environmental health officers also want to discuss the proposed layout of the restaurant with Mr Evans, to ensure it meets regulations.

The application is to be decided at a meeting of Sheffield Council's licensing board today.

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