Hotel at Sandsend, near Whitby, granted licence to serve customers outside

A hotel near Whitby has been granted a licence to serve its customers outside.

The Beach Hotel, Sandsend. (Photo: Google)

Graham Wilson of the Beach Hotel in Sandsend applied for a pavement licence from Scarborough Council to allow it to have outside seating.

The application, which has now been granted following a public consultation, stated that it is for “outdoor seating to the front of the premises for serving of food and drink.”

The government legislation brought in last year, designed to promote economic recovery and growth in response to the coronavirus pandemic, introduced an easier pavement licence application process for businesses that already serve food and drink.

Planning permission is also temporarily waived for pavement licences and the process is sped up to limit the waiting times for those applying.

The aim of the legislation is to help protect hospitality businesses and give them the opportunity to maximise their income potential whilst social distancing measures remain in place.

As part of the decision-making process, Scarborough Council consults with its own environmental health team, the highways authority, North Yorkshire Police and the public.

More than 30 businesses across the borough have now taken advantage of the new rules to secure outdoor seating.