PLANS to install an awning outside a Henley restaurant have been criticised because the proposed colour
PLANS to install an awning outside a Henley restaurant have been criticised because the proposed colour is not “cheerful” enough.
Shaun Dickens at the Boathouse, off Station Road, is seeking planning permission for an 8.2m by 3.5m anthracite retractable roof, so it can make better use of its terrace.
The Henley Society, a conservation group, says the colour is not suitable in the riverside location.
It says: “We would encourage the choice of a more cheerful colour than anthracite as the awning will be in a position of high visibility.”
A design and access statement prepared by Broadview Shading Solutions for the restaurant says the awning would help create a more “elegant and inviting setting” that would encourage people who may associate the restaurant with only fine dining to go in for a coffee or drink.
“With a cover and heating, this terrace can be utilised to its full potential, opening the doors to new clientele and increasing profits.”
The company also suggested use of a wind blocker to “give a feeling of warmth and security” and hiding some bins.
Henley Town Council’s planning committee recommended the application is approved.
Councillor Jane Smewing pointed out the Henley Society’s objection to the colour and Councillor Sam Evans replied: “Are those the same people who said the Paperchase sign was too bright?”
Mr Dickens told the Henley Standard: “We could have chosen our corporate colour purple but to remain discreet in respect to our neighbours we went with anthracite.
“After having planning denied in the past we would appreciate the full support of the town whatever the colour might be.”
South Oxfordshire District Council will consider the application by May 4.