Darlington patisserie accused of operating illegally granted permission to open longer (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Cockerton patisserie accused of operating illegally granted permission to open longer
A POPULAR cafe accused of operating illegally has been granted permission to open longer.
The Robineau Patisserie in Cockerton, Darlington, recently attracted the ire of some local residents by hosting evening events outside its council approved opening hours.
The events will now continue at the venue, after its owners were granted permission to extend their opening hours officially.
The company previously held “restaurant nights” that fell outside of its permitted 9am until 6pm opening times, a meeting of Darlington Borough Council’s planning committee heard.
Resident Sean Hadland said the late nights had caused problems in the neighbourhood.
He said: “Robineau’s has traded illegally for the last 12 months and its neighbours are fed up.
“The council has allowed them to trade for the last few months with no enforcement.
“The area has become strangulated with businesses and there is a shortage of car parking spaces.”
The council received eight letters of objection to the application for longer opening hours.
Co-owner Jane Robineau defended the business, saying plans to regularly open late would bring jobs to the area.
She said: “Illegally trading was a genuine mistake and we have apologised for it.”
She added: “We want longer opening hours because we have customer demand, which is fantastic in this climate and we are keen to progress the business.
Darlington Borough Council planning officer Dave Coates said the council had been made aware of the earlier breach of planning permission and had allowed the company to honour reservations already booked before asking them to cease late night operations until their application had been considered.
The business will now open from 9am until 6pm Sunday-Tuesday and from 9am until midnight from Thursday until Saturday.
It will also open on Valentine’s Day from 9am until midnight, Mother’s Day from 9am until 11pm and New Years Eve from 9am until 1.30am.
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