Coventry Wetherspoon’s pub unveils new-look ‘pavement cafe’ area

A Wetherspoon pub in Coventry city center has unveiled plans for a new-look ‘pavement cafe’ area. The Earl of Mercia is seeking approval to increase its outdoor seating.

In fact, the new-look “sidewalk cafe” would consist of 15 tables and 60 chairs, surrounded by four planter barriers and rope barriers. He applied to the town council for permission for additional furniture in front of the pub.

There is a design and access statement in the application which explains that the area is an existing public footpath and no change to existing access is proposed. It is explained that outdoor furniture will be durable and suitable for this location.

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Also included in the application are several designs of the proposed new “café pavement area”. They show the appearance of all the proposed chairs and tables.

Mercia Earl of Coventry(Image: Graham Young/Birmingham Mail)

A heritage statement explains that the extension of the outdoor area would have no impact on the area, including the nearby Council House. It says: “The revisions to the existing pavement cafe represent a minor change to the setting of the Grade II listed Council House.

“The principle of a pavement cafe is already a well-established feature on the east side of the public house and has therefore been part of the setting of the Council House since before the major development scheme for the area to the south of the listed building. “

The new look exterior design of the city center pub(Image: Planning App)

It adds: “The proposal represents a very minor change to the furniture and planters, however there is no increase in the variety or size of the new types of furniture and the visual effect of the change is very limited and probably imperceptible when viewing the Listed. As a result, the changes to the pavement cafe would have no adverse effect on the ability to appreciate the significance of the Council House.

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