Italian restaurant Enzo in Weymouth has been granted construction permission
A ‘VIBRANT and successful’ Italian restaurant on Weymouth Esplanade has secured approval for an extension and internal modifications to its Grade II listed building – one of the largest on the Georgian seafront – despite objections from an urban planning inspector.
Enzo Ristorante and Pizzeria at 110 Royal Crescent Terrace, The Esplanade, “provides not only the geographical backdrop for the beach, but also the economic base on which the city is built,” said the architects acting on behalf of the company. .
But a Dorset Council conservation and design official said plans for a new extension to the rear of the building “exacerbate the prevailing nature and poor design” of modern extensions previously added to the building “in a piecemeal fashion. ”, As well as an impact on other properties nearby.
The changes were approved, however, as well as internal changes, including new toilets on the lower ground floor and changes to the layout of the ground floor and the kitchen of the main restaurant. The work consists of demolishing interior partitions and ceilings inside and a section of exterior wall for an extension.
The building permit was granted this week. However, when an inspection was carried out in May, the conservation officer found that the work was “within days” of completion.
They also found that UPVC double-glazed doors had been fitted to the rear of the kitchen – commenting that this represents “unacceptable” damage to the historic character and appearance of a listed building.
According to the inspection report, the applicant was invited to submit a new application for a replacement wooden door in order to avoid coercive measures.
However, architectural consultants W4 Projects said the extension to the rear of the building would be clad in materials compatible with the existing exterior, with no windows to neighboring properties.
They also said the internal changes would improve the layout of the restaurant, both the dining rooms and the kitchen, by moving the kitchen back, and that the new, larger toilets on the ground floor would benefit customers.
A design and access statement submitted on behalf of the company states: “Enzos is a dynamic and successful restaurant. Over the years the premises have evolved but not necessarily in the best way – this proposal will bring the venue up to the modern demands of today’s customers. ”
Weymouth Town Council and Historic England consulted had no objections and there were no objections from neighbors.