Planning InspectorateThe Appeal made by Charcoal Grill over the refusal by Basingstoke & Deane to allow extended hours has been dismissed.

Following a site visit by an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State, the decision was upheld that the Charcoal Grill should comply with the existing conditions within the planning permission.

The owners had been previously been granted permission to open:

12:00 – 23:00 on Mondays to Saturdays, and
12:00 – 22:30 hours on Sundays.”

They can continue to trade within these hours above (effectively it means no change).

Charcoal Grill had sought to extend the opening hours to:

12:00 – 00:00 on Sundays to Thursdays;
12:00 – 02:00 on Fridays and Saturdays; and
12:00 – 03:00 on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.”

Reasons for refusing the Appeal
The Inspector, within his report included:

“…the opening hours proposed would extend well beyond the time when other establishments have closed and neighbours ought to be able to enjoy a quieter environment.”

and:

“…without a meaningful area inside for seating, it seems likely that customers would be queuing and then lingering, increasing the propensity for noise and disturbance.”

along with:

“I have a body of objections to the appeal that raise concern with the prevailing situation and the impact on nearby residents’ living conditions. I am therefore not currently persuaded that extending the opening hours would not exacerbate this.”

The full decision can be seen here:
Charcoal Grill Appeal Dismissed