AN INN in Coniston has been frustrated in its efforts to gain permission to install a structure to improve its outdoor seating area.

The Yewdale Inn, on Yewdale Road, resubmitted an application for 'the installation of a timber framed moveable structure on the site, which will create a covered seating area'.

It was initially refused by the Lake District National Park Authority in April 2022, and now the new application has also been knocked back.

The application states: "The Planning Report for that application states that buildings do not have permitted development rights under any class – this interpretation is not correct."

The planning report for the current application states in reply: "If the primary use of the Yewdale Inn fell squarely into 'drinking establishments etc', 'sale of food and drink etc', then the Class G permitted development rights introduced in December 2021 would be applicable."

The report cites the Inn's own website, stating that it advertises itself as having nine guestrooms, and therefore is 'not primarily a drinking establishment'.

"Buildings that do not have a single primary use do not have permitted development rights under any class," said the report.