PLANS for a popular cafe to create an outdoor seating area should be turned down – despite more than 100 customers praising the project.
The 52 Broadway coffee shop in Fulford has applied for a building permit to construct a 2.9-meter-high Viking-style shelter in front of the company. The owners say the existing outdoor tables and chairs have been “very popular” with residents, especially those with limited mobility.
The council received 106 letters supporting the plans – with people saying the cafe “brought the community together” and is “good for the local people without transportation.”
Other letters of support said the extra protected seats were important due to the pandemic, while another wrote: “It could become a community center for young and old and in particular supporting the elderly. and alone. ”
But eight letters opposing the plans were received, praising the cafe but expressing concerns about the loss of pavement space, the appearance of the wooden shelter and the impact on neighbors of next to.
Council planning officers say the structure “looks incongruous and a bit cramped.” They say the plans should be turned down. The conclusion: “It is recognized that the café has become a popular place and helps improve community cohesion and the well-being of those who visit it.
“There would clearly be benefits for owners and the wider community if more customer space were available on the site.
“However, it is considered that the proposed enlargement would cause damage.”
“Significant concerns exist regarding the damage to the living conditions of the occupants of 54 Broadway, the damage to the appearance of the streetscape and the damage to the safety of pedestrians using the narrowed path in front of the proposed structure. ”
Theresa Burn, who runs the cafe with her family, said turning down the plans would be a “shame on a community” that has supported themselves during the pandemic.
She said: “All walks of life come in and benefit from Broadway Community Center 52. It will take away what they have built since the lockdown.
“Stay safe in your own community instead of having to go to crowded places in the city.”
“People feel safe.”
“It’s not far to travel in a mobility scooter or a wheelchair. It’s just a shame. They’ll be leaving Fulford and going somewhere else. It’s a safe place and where they can find out what’s going on and sometimes us. are the only conversation people have. ”
The plans will be decided at a meeting on Thursday starting at 4.30 p.m. Watch live here: youtube.com/user/cityofyorkcouncil