A Sheffield pub landlord could face action after it was claimed the building’s outdoor furniture had encroached on the city’s green belt.
A complaint was sent to Sheffield Council claiming the landlord of the Crown Inn pub in Totley had removed part of a hedge and placed outdoor furniture to create a makeshift beer garden.
But landlord Jack Halsall said the pub owned the section of land behind the pub and the council were ‘well aware’ of the plans before the issue came ‘out of the blue’. He added his solicitors would look into it.
The complainant was concerned with preparation of land within the green belt for use as a beer garden, which would ‘spoil this part of the countryside’.
The council said it previously served a Temporary Stop Notice on the land to prevent further unauthorised use for a period of 28 days.
But Sheffield Council officials said the landlord breached the notice by allowing a large marquee to be placed on the land for a wedding reception.
The council report said: “The landlord had applied to licensing for an events notice a few days prior to the wedding event taking place, in full knowledge that he would be breaching the Temporary Stop Notice which was previously handed out.”
The green belt is an area of open land around a city, on which building prohibited.
Council officers will decide what action to take at a planning and highways committee meeting on Tuesday at the Town Hall.
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