YORK restaurant was told to “open the window” if he wanted to keep the historic building cool.

Burgsys at 9 Castlegate the installation request was denied a retractable awning on its front, something that was said to be necessary to reduce the risk of fire.

In its application, the restaurant also cited climate change as making such an awning increasingly necessary.

However, planning board chiefs note that the restaurant is an architectural landmark, dating back to 1766 and located in the Central Historic Core conservation area.

Their report said: “The applicant seeks to justify the variation by suggesting that temperature rise is behind the proposal, however nothing has been provided to support the claim that air conditioning cannot be introduced on the grounds that the building is listed. The solution may be simply to open the windows.’

Planners also noted a reference to a York Press article about the fire at 7 Castlegate, but said there was no evidence that sunlight caused the fire.

The applicant also included photos of a mix of other sheds from around the city, some good and some bad, which they doubted would add weight to their case.

Their report concluded that the scheme was contrary to a number of local and national planning policies as it would “have a negative impact on the historic character of the use and the character of the conservation area”.