One of Liverpool’s well loved café bistros, The Watering Can, situated on the outskirts of Greenbank Park, has submitted a planning application to extend their site within the boundary of the land that they lease by approximately 70 sq. metres (roughly a quarter of the size of a tennis court) over three distinct areas.
The plans have been sensitively designed to minimise intrusion, disruption and maintain the aesthetics of the current building and requirements of the conservation area. The extension would allow the venue to make the following improvements:
• The kitchen, refuse and store area (c.33.2sq mtrs / c.47% of the new footprint) – to provide more space to ensure a safer and more pleasant working environment for their team, to help limit the spread of Covid or any future variants, minimise the risk of service interruption, allow an increase in the food offering at the café and provide a staff room/wellness space for the team, to enable the business to enhance their green policy and assist them in the management of waste and recycling more effectively.
• The walled garden seating area (c.31.5sq mtrs / c.43% of new footprint) – this will allow better observation of social distancing, create a more welcoming space for guests and provide the same number of covers in an environment people will feel comfortable in following post covid-restrictions being lifted. It will allow more flexibility to accommodate wheelchairs and prams.
• The kiosk (7.5 sq mtrs / c.10 % of new footprint) – to provide an enhanced all-year round offering for park visitors who do not wish to dine indoors.