A popular York restaurant wants to install a permanent awning over its window, partly to avoid the sort of fire which affected the building next door.
Burgsy’s, the burger venue on Castlegate, fitted a temporary awning during the temporary coronavirus pavement cafe regulations.
This protected the front of the building from sunshine, which provided “essential shading to the window and cooled the restaurant appreciably,” according to planning documents submitted to City of York Council.
The temporary regulations end on 30 September, and Burgsy’s wants to install a permanent awning.
It points out that the sun is likely to get hotter due to the climate emergency.
“There are significant difficulties installing air conditioning to cool the restaurant due to it being Grade II listed and we sell perishable goods as well as seat customers in the window,” the planning application says.
And that is not the only reason why the awning is said to be needed.
“Additionally, the sun’s rays have been intense enough to start a fire recently at the building next door.
“On 19th May 2020 the sun shone through an upper floor window at 7b Castlegate and started a catastrophic fire causing a great deal of damage/loss to the listed building.
“We therefore seek to replace the existing, temporarily installed (during short-notice lockdown restrictions) awning with a permanent, tailor-made, conservative variety for the window.”
You can read the full planning application here.