In June 2020, the Government introduced the Pavement Licence Scheme (PVL) under the Business & Planning Act 2020. The scheme was introduced to support the hospitality sector recover from the effects of the pandemic by offering a fast-track process to enable the licensing of pavement space for street furniture adjacent to businesses.
Camden identified that not all of our premises would have sufficient space to benefit from the PVL scheme and therefore wanted to consider what other options the Council could offer to these premises.
Using the London Local Authorities Act 1990 the Council introduced a number of ‘Streateries’ within the borough. These areas were created to benefit those businesses who do not have sufficient space adjacent to their premises.
Streateries offer outdoor dining space for restaurants, cafes and other businesses to place tables and chairs. Providing more space for these businesses helps customers to physically distance whilst eating and drinking out.
The Council has been engaging with businesses and local residents on how we can further support the hospitality sector through these difficult times and consideration has been given to the long term viability of a number of the Streatery schemes and the desire for them to continue in their current form at a number of sites on a more permanent basis.
The designation application process is to establish whether the areas proposed for are suitable for the use of outdoor dining only. Each designated area, if approved, will still be the subject of a licence application, and would only be permitted on the grant of the licence.
It is therefore proposed that three of our Streatery schemes would benefit from permanent designation. These three areas are:
1. Belsize Village
2. Earlham Street
3. Neal’s Yard
The Council is carrying out a public consultation on this proposal from Monday 6 December until Friday 21 January 2022.