Schooner Hotel in Alnmouth lodges appeal against refusal of outside seating area

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An Alnmouth hotel has lodged an appeal against the refusal of a recent planning application.

The Schooner Hotel’s retrospective planning application seeking permission for a timber decking outside seating area and shed was refused by Northumberland County Council in May.

The decking at the Grade II-listed 17th century former coaching inn runs the full length and width of the rear courtyard within the private garden.

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It was refused by planners on the grounds that no public benefits had been demonstrated to outweigh the harm caused to a heritage asset.

The outside seating area at The Schooner Inn, Alnmouth. Picture: Lauren CoulsonThe outside seating area at The Schooner Inn, Alnmouth. Picture: Lauren Coulson
The outside seating area at The Schooner Inn, Alnmouth. Picture: Lauren Coulson

The hotel’s application said the scheme would ‘hugely improve the current unsightly nature of the courtyard and will provide paying customers with a very much needed seating area’.

They hoped to work with the council to resolve the issue in a manner ‘which helps us to get to operate as a small business in the busiest time of the year’.

A report to the north area planning committee reveals an appeal was lodged on June 15.