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PLANNERS Have No Appetite For Alfresco Dining At West End Restaurant

GLASGOW West End restaurant Pianola have been refused permission for nearly 50 seats on the pavement outside their premises at 240 Crow Road.

The Italian eaterie asked the city council to allow 12 four-seat tables and one two-seat table on the “particularly wide” footway at the corner of Crow Road and Clarence Drive. But council officials rejected the proposal.

They said the “disproportionate size and scale” of the external seating area would cause “unacceptable activity levels that would impact adversely on the amenity of neighbouring residential properties” and that it would be would be an “over-dominant and incongruous addition” to the townscape.

Their report also stated that the seating would “unacceptably narrow the width of unobstructed public footway” and that there was an absence of acceptable storage facilities for the furniture when it was not in use.

A supporting document submitted on behalf of the restaurant had stated: “The existing premises have been fitted out in a contemporary and edgy style, featuring an interesting juxtaposition of materials and lighting which creates a unique and fascinating interior experience.

“It is the applicant’s wish to extend that experience to the outside space by offering an alfresco service to patrons. The proposed development will introduce alfresco wining/dining on to this prominent corner location. It will continue a trend for outdoor seating which has developed in the area over the last few years.

“The introduction of tables and chairs at this location will allow the applicant to extend the service he provides, contribute further to the thriving community in the area, and should be supported.”