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Council’s new ‘pavement licence’ will allow premises to offer al fresco dining

Al fresco dining spaces and street cafes could soon become a more familiar sight in Fenland as local food and drink businesses are invited to apply for a free pavement licence.

Fenland District Council has launched a fast-track process to apply for the new licence, which will allow pubs, cafes and restaurants to place tables and chairs outside their premises, without the usual need for planning permission.

The pavement licences, made possible following the introduction of the new Business and Planning Bill 2020 this week, aim to help licensed businesses bounce back from the coronavirus lockdown and operate safely while social distancing measures are in place.

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