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Cheltenham extends planning rules relaxation

Cheltenham Borough Council has extended the relaxation of planning regulations designed to help businesses adapt the way they trade during coronavirus.

The council temporarily relaxed planning regulations in March to allow pubs and restaurants to operate as takeaways and allowed temporary structures or buildings for Covid-19 related reasons.

And with more space needed to accommodate social distancing and safer operations, the relaxation of the regulations has been extended to May 31.

Councillor Victoria Atherstone, cabinet member for economy and planning, said: "We were the first in the country to approach this initiative in a positive and proactive manner.

"It has proved successful with increased options for takeaway services and providing safer places for residents to socialise and we will continue to help support our community.''

Any existing business or organisation wishing to erect - or which has already erected - a temporary structure for Covid-19 related reasons on private land or Cheltenham Borough Council owned parks and gardens should visit the council's web pages for planning and development or contact the planning team.

Director of planning Tracey Crews said: "We understand that businesses and organisations face difficult decisions at present.

"Some need more space but do not have the time to apply for, and wait until planning permission is granted for a temporary structure.

"Organisations are encouraged to consult the website or contact the planning service for further information.''

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