The application by the Firehouse Hotel for planning consent for 20 tables and 40 chairs on the paved area outside the old firehouse on Chiltern Street has proved very contentious. The Firehouse have obtained much support for this but to the Association's knowledge, the great majority of those who live in the immediate vicinity are opposed. They are concerned with the further noise disturbance that they fear this will bring, and the residents after all, were there prior to the hotel’s opening in 2013. For this and other reasons the Marylebone Association has indicated its opposition to the use of this area for outside seating.
The Firehouse has now submitted changes to the application to Westminster City Council , these include:
- Reduction of hours to 9am to 8pm daily - a reduction from 8am to 11pm daily.
- Reduction in tables and chairs to 10 tables and 20 chairs - half of previously proposed.
- Removal of outside heaters.
The Operations Management Plan has also been updated and submitted to WCC.
As a result the statutory consultation period will be further extended. Letters are being hand delivered by the Firehouse Hotel to 1,500 properties in the area with this information. (link to letter)