Battle over Peterborough restaurant canopy continues as council recommends request be denied

The pizzeria at Cowgate.

The battle over whether or not The Pizza Parlor on Cowgate will be able to retain its permanent awning is set to be decided next week (November 15) when discussed by the town’s planning committee.

Planning officers recommended councilors deny the restaurant’s retroactive application for a fixed awning for a period of three years.

The restaurant is in the downtown and central conservation area, where many properties are listed locally.

Peter Fierro – owner of the pizzeria in Cowgate.

In 2016 a retractable awning, like many surrounding restaurants, was installed but in 2021 a permanent one was installed and this retrospective application was denied.

Officers said the canopy “due to its design, has had an unacceptable impact on the character and appearance of the site and the surrounding downtown conservation area”.

An identical request was later submitted, claiming that the original decision did not consider the public benefits of the proposal and that the proposal would help sustain the business in the face of unprecedented challenges and help protect the viability and vitality of Cowgate. and the city at large. center, supporting the local economy.

The City Council Conservation Officer remains opposed to the canopy and civil society has also opposed it; describing the canopy as “a substantial, unattractive box-girder structure that stands out negatively from the street scene and out of character with Cowgate and the downtown conservation area”.

The decision was called for discussion by the committee at the request of Cllr Mohammed Jamil.

He said: “I would like to refer this application to the committee because I believe the committee can then look at the heritage considerations so that they can be carefully weighed against the economic benefits of the program and the importance of independent businesses to our downtown. , our planning policies predate the COVID pandemic and the increased need for safe and protected outdoor seating, which the government is actively encouraging.

“I sincerely believe that the design of the proposal is acceptable for the conservation area. »

The meeting takes place on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.