Deli in Northampton town centre applies for outdoor seating area

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A deli in Northampton town centre looks set to have plans approved for an open-air seating area for its customers.

Gosia Deli, at the corner of Gold Street and College Street, wants to put tables and chairs on a council-owned strip of land outside the shop so people can eat and drink outside.

The land is covered by the first floor of the building but the application seeks to enclose the area further with railings “for security”.

Councillors will decide on the matter tonight (Tuesday) and an officer has already recommended it for approval.

His report says: “It is considered that the replacement shop front is acceptable and would respect the character of the building.

“The use of this arcade as an outdoor seating area enclosed with railings [would] introduce activity to the frontage of the building which would benefit the wider street scene.

“No roller shutter is proposed with this application but the proposed railings would provide additional security for the site.”

The shop is in the All Saints Conservation Area but the officer said the area would not be negatively affected by the proposal.

He said: “As the recessed forecourt to the building is to be retained, rather than enclosed as proposed previously, it is considered that the development respects the character of the conservation area and the setting of the adjacent listed building and would cause no harm to these heritage assets or their significance.”