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Government’s launches latest consultation on planning reforms to support hospitality businesses, markets, and historic visitor attractions so that outdoor space can be used more easily.

During the pandemic, temporary al fresco measures have given a boost to high streets and the hospitality industry through permitted development rights (PDRs) such as marquees and all-year-round street markets. This also included outdoor dining which reopened in April, and statistics show that the UK’s economy rose by 4.8%.

The government’s latest planning reforms allow businesses to operate alongside the right to regenerate and new licensing arrangements.

The government is aiming to make a number of these permanent so that people can continue to enjoy outdoor hospitality and local attractions, and businesses can innovate, as we build back better from the pandemic. The public will now be able to give their views on the proposed reforms, so they can continue to benefit everyone in the future.

The permitted development rights introduced over the past year which are currently being consulted by the government include:

  1. Rights for markets to be held by or on behalf of local councils

As lockdown restrictions eased in summer 2020, the government implemented temporary PDRs which allowed markets for an unlimited number of days, including the provision of moveable structures.

  1. Right for moveable structures in the grounds of pubs/cafes/restaurants

April 2021, moveable structures such as marquees and additional seating were allowed for the first time in the grounds of listed buildings, helping support the hospitality and tourism sectors.

During the consultation, the public will now be able to give their views on the reform, so they can continue to benefit everyone in the future.

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