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East Herts Council refuses revised plans for outside dining at Stortford restaurant




General views around Bishops Stortford. Pircio, Market Square. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (7362144)
General views around Bishops Stortford. Pircio, Market Square. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (7362144)

Plans for an outside eating area at Pircio in Bishop’s Stortford have hit the deck for a second time.

An application from the Turkish and Italian eatery in the former Drill Hall in Market Square was refused by East Herts Council despite support from the town council.

In 2017, the district council refused retrospective permission for decking, a ramp, lighting and a water feature at the former health centre. After an appeal by Pircio, a Government inspector backed the local authority and the restaurant was ordered to remove the unauthorised additions.

The latest proposal sought to retain some of the raised decking and extend it but again fell foul of planning policy for the conservation area.

East Herts has ruled: “The development, by reason of its siting, scale, form and materials of construction, results in a harmful and unsympathetic form of development in the Bishop's Stortford Conservation Area and would fail to respect the character and appearance of the undesignated heritage asset, Drill Hall.”

Planners also said that the applicant had not submitted enough information to determine the impact on neighbours.



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