A HOTEL which was hard-hit by coronavirus restrictions has asked planners if it can put up a tepee outside so it can cater for people who are still cautious about eating inside.

Colwall Park Hotel said it, and the wider hospitality industry, had been “severely affected” by Covid-19 restrictions, and extending outdoor space was “crucial”.

Applying for planning permission for the tepee, consultants said: “Not only is outdoor dining more likely to be allowed as restrictions are relaxed but it is also in demand by customers, who are naturally cautious about returning to indoor settings.

“This proposal would provide a covered area to extend the outdoor dining capacity with the aim of attracting customers back to the venue in the coming months.”

They said the development, in the village near Ledbury, would benefit the local, rural economy by increasing visitor numbers and increasing demand for good and services from local suppliers.

They also said there would not be a detrimental environmental impact, and the tepee would be in an area “very well screened” by mature trees and hedges.

Hereford Times: A drawing of the tepee wanted by the hotel A drawing of the tepee wanted by the hotel

“The tepee proposed has been selected because of its attractive design and the natural colour and appearance of the materials,” the design and access statement said.

Comments on application 211751 can be made until Thursday, July 15, with a decision expected on Monday, August 2.