Punters ‘irate’ as Selston pub refused outdoor seating area
Drinkers in Selston are ‘irate’ after a popular micropub has been refused permission for outdoor seating – meaning it cannot open next month.
The Dogs Paws was refused licence to lift planning conditions that prohibit external seating at its premises by Ashfield District Council, despite national relaxation of licensing conditions to allow pubs to open as Covid restrictions ease.
This means the pub, a micro brewery connected to the Portland Road Post Office in the village, will not be able to open on April 12 like many others.
Karl Quickfall, landlord at The Dogs Paws, said: "Last year, when the hospitality industry resumed trading, the Government lifted outdoor licensing restrictions to enable businesses to increase their capacity due to social distancing restrictions.
"However, we were refused permission to use any of our external areas, including the patio and part of the garden at the rear, and also an area to the front that is part of the property.”
During talks last year, a ‘deal’ was brokered by local politicians and the planning department at the council to allow the pub to use the exterior areas if a planning variation application was submitted.
Owner Karl said: “We thought this was magnanimous gesture and it was a great help in the current circumstances.”
But the application was submitted and refused this month.
Karl added: “The Dogs Paws has effectively fallen through the net of the Government’s good-will gesture to get the hospitality industry trading.
"Several irate regulars of the micro pub have since independently contacted the local politicians. It remains to be seen if some kind of new ‘deal’ can be done again.”
The council maintains that because Portland Road is residential, outdoor seating is not feasible.
Christine Sarris, assistant director for planning and regulatory services at Ashfield District Council said: “When planning permission for The Dog’s Paws in Selston was approved, outdoor use at the property was forbidden due to the close proximity to people’s homes.
“We are aware of the problems that the hospitality industry is facing and are doing all we can to support local businesses, but not to the detriment of local residents.”