Stevenage listed building restaurant plans criticised

The planned bistro restaurant would be called On The Green

The planned bistro restaurant would be called On The Green - Credit: Archant

Plans to convert a Grade II listed building into a restaraunt have been criticised.

An application submitted to Stevenage Borough Council outlines plans to convert a 19th Century house, on High Street, into a 30-seater bistro restaurant - provisionally called On The Green.

The application reads: “It is felt that it is justified to change the use of this building to restaurant as it fits in with the current trend of establishments within the old town area.”

However the building would only be able to provide limited access and facilities for disabled vistors.

It continues: “Due to the confines of the existing structure and the need to retain the character of the building wheelchair access would only be possible through the rear French doors to the rear dining room.

“It is not possible to provide disabled toilet facilities as this would require major works to the interior of the building along with problems with drainage connections.”

Neighbour Richard Everett, of the nearby Old Coach House, feels this is inapproriate.

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Commenting on the application, he wrote: “I am appalled with the applicant’s design and access statement. It is not acceptable for the applicant to state that reasonable adjustments will not be made because it is too difficult and costly.

“The Equality Act is quite clear that treating people differently because of their disability amounts to direct discrimination. I believe the council should refuse permission for this application. The change of use from residential to restaurant is totally inappropriate.”

The consultation period for the plans ends on Friday March 7.