Pratts Hotel, 4-8 South Parade, City Centre
The Trust is concerned regarding the extent of the scale of intrusion upon the setting of Grade I listed buildings by these tables and chairs, all of which clutter the streetscape. Whilst we have no objection to street furniture in this location as has been seen in previous years, we are concerned regarding the extent of the barriers which are restrictive and fence off large areas from the public realm. The bike racks appear to be placed awkwardly on the corner of the plot. We note neither the application form nor the description details the barriers or jumbrellas. The design and colour of the jumbrellas are inappropriate, particularly the fringe detail which is out of place and detracts from the appreciation of the listed buildings. In our view this area should not be barricaded and the colour of the jumbrellas should be muted and one tone only (perhaps just the pale green or Bath stone colour) with a simple plain design (with no advertising) to minimise the impression of clutter. Our other comment is that it would appear impossible for this amount of tables, benches and chairs to be stored away each night so this would appear to be a semi-permanent features within the streetscape, thus it must be of appropriate appearance to maintain and enhance the setting of the hotel and not detract from it.