AN OUTDOOR cafe area at a city centre pub restaurant in Chester has been given the go-ahead to open throughout the year.
The alfresco, at 44 Bridge Street, had permission in 1999 with a condition limiting its use to April to November.
Applicants Bay Restaurant Group successfully applied to remove the restriction.
They argued the use of the outside area during the winter months would add character to the Bridge Street area of the city centre.
The company argued this would encourage more city centre visits by local residents and tourists and when in use by diners, the tables and chairs would add some vitality to the street scene.
The street level premises are in a grade one listed building on a main shopping street in the city centre conservation area, according to a report.
Outdoor cafes are encouraged providing they do not affect the safety of pedestrians, planners said.
The condition had originally been applied for safety reasons but the highway authority now raised no objection.
Experience of alfrescos in the city centre had shown the condition was no longer justified.
Although lifting the condition would extend the times of year the café could be used, this would not have any significant effect on the conservation area, it was felt.