Green light for new pub in West Borough
LICENSEE Katy Marsh was delighted on Tuesday to hear members of East Dorset District Council's planning committee give approval for the change of use of the property in West Borough for which she was given a license by licensing members last week.
The application was approved by 11 votes to two after a detailed debate in which Ms Marsh, who has worked at the White Hart in the Cornmarket and at the Coach and Horses over a period of 12 years, described how the 'Tap Room' in one side of the former Colourcraft premises would be focusing on the sale of cask ale from ten small Dorset breweries, and be aimed at the more mature age group.
"It will be family run, independent, and I will be working and living in premises above the bar," she said, in response to concerns from local residents that another licensed outlet would only add to the noise and disturbance they suffered from other town centre pubs.
"We do feel it will be very different from other pubs and will be supporting local micro-brewing."
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Stephen Hudson said: "It tips the balance of stress even further for already stressed residents."
And Robert Rodway said: "We have experienced a number of problems with Wetherspoons 'Man in the Wall' and don't feel re-assured by the officer's report which refers only to speculation that there will be noise."
Members were told that the licensing committee had last restricted the permitted opening hours to 11.30pm closing every day, which differed from those in the planning application, but recommended the planning permission should be the same.
Councillor Robin Cook said that as a town centre resident himself, he sympathised with the objectors, but that West Borough had become Wimborne’s "West End" with its restaurants, drinking establishments and theatre.
"A lot of us like to use a pub, but don't want to live next to them.
"But I am pleased to see someone wanting to stop the premises remaining empty. It is the sort of thing we will see more and more of in high streets to maintain the viability of town centres. The precedent has been set, and I don't see how we can oppose it, but I do worry about the cumulative effect."
Councillor Pat Hymers proposed approval, saying it would be a quality addition to West Borough, and it was the behaviour from the Wetherspoon pub which needed looking at.
"This is for the mature person who does not over indulge in the same way," said Councillor David Shortell. "Grouping the two together is an injustice."
Councillors Derek Burt and Ann Warman declared themselves again the proposal, highlighting the vandalism and bad behaviour after late night drinking in the town, but Councillor Pauline Reynolds said it had been supported by both the licensing committee and Wimborne Town Council, and provided conditions were imposed and monitored it should be approved.
Councillor Toni Coombs welcome the attempt to cater for a niche market in what was a changing high street, and Councillor Simon Tong added: "We need to be clear about what are planning issues, licensing issues and extramural culture. There were meetings 12 years ago to discuss the situation in Wimborne on Friday nights. I can't see that this particularly arrival on the scene is going to make matters worse, and there are many, many reasons to support it provided we are satisfied with the conditions."