A popular Italian restaurant is planning a rooftop terrace that can accommodate up to 36 diners

An Italian restaurant is planning to expand its premises with a roof terrace overlooking the West Pennine moors.

Bolton Council’s planning committee will decide next week whether Il Toro restaurant, Church Street, Horwich, can build a rear extension with a balcony terrace that can seat up to 36 diners. The restaurant is a free-standing two-storey stone building dating from the 19th century and is within the Wallsuches Conservation Area.

Horwich Parish CE Primary School is next to the restaurant with classroom windows overlooking its rear parking lot.
A public footpath leads to Bridge Street between the restaurant and the school.

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A previous similar request was denied due to potentially harmful impact on noise and privacy.
An agent’s report on current plans indicated that no noise assessment had been submitted with the previous application.

The current proposal is supported by a noise assessment which concludes that there would be no adverse noise impact to neighboring properties from the outdoor seating area. The report states: “The proposed plan proposes the use of the outdoor balcony for a maximum of 36 seats and the supporting noise assessment demonstrates that there would be no harmful noise pollution.

“The balcony would also hide some unsightly extensions at the back.
“It is considered that there would be no detrimental overhang impact given the long distances to neighboring properties and the wooded screen to the rear.”

If approved, the terrace will be built at the back of the restaurant

Four letters have been received by the council opposing the proposal on the grounds that the new terrace would have a direct view of the classrooms at Horwich Parish CE Primary School, the impact of dust and noise from the works of construction and overlooking from the terrace the houses and gardens.

Horwich City Council has raised concerns about increased noise levels on neighboring amenities.

Officers have recommended plans for approval and the planning committee will decide on Thursday, March 24.

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