Monday, 18 October 2021

Reprieve for shop front

PLANS to redesign a Henley shop front have been altered following criticism from residents and councillors.

CAU Restaurants has agreed not to change any windows at the former La Bodega restaurant in Hart Street, which it has taken over.

It has amended its planning application and resubmitted it to South Oxfordshire District Council.

The company wanted to install large windows, a covered canopy, a fascia sign and a projecting sign.

Henley Town Council's planning committee voted to recommend the scheme for rejection, arguing this would be detrimental to the street scene.

Residents also contacted CAU expressing disapproval.

A CAU spokesman said: "Following the town council meeting and feedback from the local community, we have taken the decision not to change any of the windows of the restaurant and to remain with the existing style of beaded glass panels.

"We are also installing a wooden sign to ensure we are in keeping with the style of shop frontage on the street.

"We are looking to bring the door forward from its existing location but this is to give diners some protection from the elements and improve accessibility for disabled customers and those with pushchairs, which at present is very difficult due to the narrow opening.

"This change, however, will be entirely in keeping with the existing style and sympathetic to the design of the windows."

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