A CAFE'S plans for works to be carried out at its premises have been given the go-ahead by council planners.

Proposals have been submitted to carry out the project at The Courtyard, on City Road, in Windlehurst.

Some of the works have already started, the plans stated. 

An application sent to council planners sought consent for the retention of alterations made to the premises, with a single storey rear 'infill' extension and flue extraction system.

They also included for the creation of an outside seating area with a timber canopy, and timber shed.

Meanwhile, a change of use of the first floor from a residential flat to a tattoo parlour was also proposed, along with the demolition and re-building of a boundary wall and gate.

The Star reported in 2022 after mum-of-two Catherine Owens, from Windle, launched The Courtyard after transforming a former newsagents premises.

In a report, case officer Alex Ball noted there has been three representations made against the application, including concerns over "noise and smell issues".

He said: "The scale and massing of the extensions and additions within the courtyard are considered appropriate given the local character.

"In my opinion the works would not compromise the architectural style or character of the host building. I consider that the external alterations and extensions to the café/restaurant would be acceptable".

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It was noted "the proposed outdoor seating area would be a more attractive outside space for customers to use. It could therefore result in an increase in outside activity, and this has led to concerns about additional noise and disturbance to nearby residents."

However, the officer stated: "The application building is located within an area surrounded by a mixture of commercial and residential development. In this location a degree of noise from traffic and activities are to be expected.

"Although the canopies and structures for the outdoor seating area could encourage additional activity it would be modest in size and would not add significantly to the capacity of the business. Furthermore, it would be located a reasonable distance from the nearest houses".

Council planners gave the plans the nodCouncil planners gave the plans the nod (Image: Stock)

The report added: "Given that the business is existing, and the change of use does not require planning permission, any noise allegations can be adequately controlled by other noise nuisance legislation and licensing, which would protect the living conditions of local residents

It was said "it is considered that the benefits to support an existing business in a sustainable location would outweigh any harm".

The application was granted permission.