Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Pergola on the Roof Seeks Planning Permission for 2017

Pergola on the Roof
Pergola on the Roof, the rooftop restaurant that has brought outdoor dining to the top of the old soon-to-be-demolished BBC carpark on Wood Lane, has applied for planning permission to re-open in the summer of 2017.

Good news then for outdoor diners and assorted hipsters, but perhaps less welcome for the residents of Macfarlane Road who haven't necessarily been thrilled by the noise and general disturbance. 

What is Pergola on the Roof?
Open air summer dining. Designed as a "vision of the Mediterranean", Pergola on the Roof was billed as "a piece of sunny European escapism, with customers dining beneath a wooden open air pergola wrapped in evergreen ivy, wisteria and bougainvillea, and set against white washed walls with colourful murals."

Actually, it's pretty yummy. For less than a tenner you can enjoy delicious food with a fabulous view of the cranes and building sites of White City.

The new proposed extension will see this vision continue into 2017, starting in May and continuing until October.

Do they need planning permission?
They do. Planning permission has been sought through the usual channels. Specifically, the application is for "Use of the roof of the Multi-storey Car Park for a rooftop restaurant event for a temporary period from 3 May 2017 to 2 October 2017".

Can members of the public comment on planning applications?
They can indeed. If you would like to comment on the application, you can do so here.

To find out more about the plans, visit Pergola on the Roof

What's the problem with the new licensing extension?
Many locals, especially those in nearby Macfarlane Road, haven't welcomed the noise and disturbance caused by the rooftop restaurant, which comes on top of a number of other local problems, such as the night-time maintenance of the Hammersmith and City line by TFL.

...developer Stanhope has decided to start keeping bees on the roof of their buildings. According to a recent press release: "Television Centre is hosting a colony of busy honey bees on the roof of Studio 1". The bees will be kept by "The London Bee Company" and will be "housed permanently in wooden bee boxes. The honey will go on sale on the London Bee Company website".

So, some good news for bees, at least.

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