Designation consultation

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.

Belsize Village Streatery

The Belsize Streatery comprises of seven local restaurants and food outlets that are situated near a centrally located communal space in the village square.

A temporary licence for this Streatery has been issued on four separate occasions, each for a period of six months since June 2020. 

A request has been made to make the streatery permanent and to continue to operate in its current form due to the benefit it has had to the local businesses and support from local residents and businesses. 

Camden Council is consulting on an application to pass a resolution for a permanent designation for street trading purposes only, specifically the placement of amenities used for outdoor dining in the area on the public highway on Belsize Terrace.

The proposed area will be used at the following times on the days set out below with various arrangement of amenities at different times of the day.

 

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

Sun

08:00 - 12:00

14T 28C

14T 28C

14T 28C

14T 28C

14T 28C

14T 28C

14T 28C

12:00 - 18:00

34T 68C

34T 68C

34T 68C

34T 68C

34T 68C

40T 80C

40T 80C

18:00 - 22:00

40T 80C

40T 80C

40T 80C

40T 80C

40T 80C

40T 80C

40T 80C

 

T = Table C = Chairs

5 Parasols, 10 Planters, 1 serving station, 1 cleaning trolley and 4 waste bins

Earlham Street Streatery

The Ealham Streatery comprises of three local businesses which are currently using a shared space created by Camden by way of suspending parking bays under an existing experimental traffic order. 

The additional space as a result of the suspended bays has provided opportunity for local hospitality venues to continue trading where the pavement space would have been too narrow to accommodate outdoor dining facilities.

A temporary licence for this Streatery has been issued on four separate occasions, each for a period of six months since June 2020. 

The businesses have benefited from using the space available in the suspended bays and they have had a licence issued for 6 months each time they have applied.

Camden Council is consulting on an application to pass a resolution for a permanent designation for street trading purposes only, specifically the placement of amenities used for outdoor dining in the area on the public highway on Earlham Street.

The proposed area will be used between 10:00 until 22:00 hours Monday to Sunday. The amenities applied for are as follows:  6 tables, 12 benches and 7 barriers.

Neal's Yard Streatery

Neal’s Yard Square benefits from a communal seating area for two nearby restaurants that otherwise would not have space directly outside their premises to place furniture and benefit from alfresco dining facilities.

Neal’s Yard, similar to the other Streateries, has been issued with temporary licences.

The Council has received supportive responses from the public in relation to this Streatery scheme and therefore considers that this scheme would benefit from continued use and being permanently designated.

Camden Council is consulting on an application to pass a resolution for a permanent designation for street trading purposes only, specifically the placement of amenities used for outdoor dining in the area on the public highway on Neal's Yard.

The proposed area will be used between 09:00 until 22:00 hours Monday to Sunday. The amenties applied for are as follows:  18 chairs, 2 Parasols with underside electric heaters and 1 hand sanitiser station.

How to comment

The Council is interested in your views in relation to the use of the three proposed areas to be permanently designated for use as a Streatery. Your responses to the consultation will assist Camden Council in understanding the success and impact of the schemes.

The consultation period to comment on the proposed designations will run from 6th December 2021 until 21st January 2022. Comments received after that date will not be accepted.

How to comment:

Please complete the online questionnaire 

Email your comments to: licensingenquiry@camden.go.vuk

Write to us at: Licensing Authority, 5 Pancras Square, N1C 4AG