Norwich’s Bella Italia restaurant applies for outdoor seating on city centre street

Bella Italia, 3 Red Lion Street, Norwich Picture: Louisa Baldwin

Bella Italia, 3 Red Lion Street, Norwich Picture: Louisa Baldwin - Credit: Archant

Bella Italia restaurant on Red Lion Street has submitted a bid for outdoor seating to Norwich City Council for six tables on the pathway.

Bella Italia submits outdoor seating bid Picture: Louisa Baldwin

Bella Italia submits outdoor seating bid Picture: Louisa Baldwin - Credit: Archant

The Italian chain have applied to the council for six tables and 12 chairs between 8am and 10pm on Monday to Sunday.

A copy of the plan showing the proposed location can be viewed at City Hall.

Residents and local businesses have until November 18 to submit any objections to the plans.

The controversial plans have raised concerns as it is next to the 25/26 bus stop which is a popular bus service that runs between the city and UEA.


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One bus driver said 'This is already a busy area, with the busy bus stop with queues often as far back as Bella Italia.

'It will cause an obstruction to the pathway making it difficult for passing pedestrians.'

The bid comes just three months after outdoor seating plans were rejected for popular American burger chain Five Guys on the same street.

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In outlining their rejection to the fast food restaurant's bid the Norwich Society said: 'There is no room on this busy pavement for outdoor seating.'

You can send your comments by writing addressed to: The Head of Citywide Services, Licensing Department, City Hall, Norwich, NR2 1NH by November 18.

Bella Italia has been reached for comment.

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