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Marquees for pubs and restaurants could stay

Marquees outside pubs and restaurants could become a fixture as the Government reviews the current relaxation on rules brought in under the Covid measures.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has begun a consultation on whether this kind of outdoor hospitality should continue.

Street markets are another area where the relaxation on rules may be allowed to continue.

The consultation is open until the 14th November at https://consult.communities.gov.uk/planning-development-management/supporting-defence-infrastructure-and-the-future-o/ 

The government introduced a number of temporary permitted development rights from March 2020 in response to Covid.

These rights gave planning freedoms which enabled businesses, local authorities, and health service bodies to react to the unprecedented situation brought about by the crisis.

In June 2020 restrictions were lifted to allow councils to permit street markets for an unlimited number of days. These had previously only been allowed for 14 days a year.

In addition, marquees were allowed in the grounds of pubs, cafes and restaurants, as well as other structures like shelters and ticket offices.

The hospitality industry welcomed the move but there are concerns about colder weather.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said: "The simple reforms we made during the pandemic to help hospitality businesses, markets and historic visitor attractions make use of outdoor spaces more easily, made a massive impact.

"As part of our vision to transform high streets into thriving places to work, visit and live, we intend to make as many of these measures permanent fixtures of British life as possible."

The Government also makes recommendations relating to Defence land. Plans would allow accommodation to be increased by 25% and training and workspace by up to 35% under permitted development rights.

The moves it's said will "enable greater speed, flexibility, and agility for Defence to develop its infrastructure".

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