Warings Lifestore in Norwich applies for outdoor seating on Westlegate
PUBLISHED: 12:33 14 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:11 14 April 2017
A popular furniture shop and café in the heart of the city centre has applied for outdoor seating following the recent pedestrianisation of Westlegate.
Warings Lifestore, located next to All Saints Church, has applied to Norwich City Council for a maximum of three tables and seven chairs during opening hours.
The shop moved from nearby Cattle Market Street to Westlegate in December 2016, after planning permission was granted in 2014 for its premises at Crystal House to be converted into eight flats.
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In the new store, a downstairs café serves hot drinks, cakes and a range of light lunches, and upstairs furniture, kitchenware and gifts.
Rachel Waring, 49, director of Warings Furniture, said: “We applied for it as we had outdoor seating in our previous café which was popular.
“Also, the front faces south so we know it will be a beautiful spot underneath the tree for a little stop off.”
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The move coincides with the £3m Transport for Norwich project, which aims to encourage the use of sustainable transport, such as walking and cycling, and to improve traffic congestion in the city.
The ambitious plans include making the All Saints Green and Westlegate area car-free to create a new public open space, and a signal-controlled pedestrian crossing on Ber Street, near the Golden Ball Street junction.
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A spokesman for Norwich City Council said: “Shared spaces in the city, such as Westlegate, present new opportunities as well as challenges in the way they are used.
“Any applications to introduce outside seating will be looked at and considered from a licensing and highways perspective, as part of wider consultation with stakeholders and members of the public.
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“Norwich is a thriving and vibrant city and we will continue to do all we can to cater for the needs of everyone.”
A copy of the plans for the outdoor seating can be viewed at City Hall and any representations should be made by Wednesday, April 26.
■ Do you think the pedestrianisation of the Westlegate area will bring a boost to the city? Email Louisa.Baldwin@Archant.co.uk