Wimborne could soon have a new pub
PROPOSALS for the change of use of the former Colourcraft shop in West Borough, Wimborne, to a licensed bar have been approved by East Dorset District Council's licensing sub-committee and will be recommended for approval by planning officers next week.
A number of nearby residents objected to the development in premises which are next to a restaurant which also offers bed and breakfast, and close to the Prezzo Italian restaurant and Wetherspoons pub, the Man in the Wall, in the former Conservative Club.
Residents, in letters to both committees, objected to "yet another licensed premises" on a short stretch of road with already seven on-license premises, and highlighted the problems experienced by 11 neighbouring residential properties from the pub almost opposite, saying they could only be exacerbated by another late-night outlet in the area.
Councillor Robin Cook told the licensing sub-committee: "As precedent has been set at other licensed premises, it is difficult to refuse the application, but variation would be appropriate, particularly to not include anything beyond 11pm other than on New Year's Eve, and no music licence without suitable soundproofing."
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The sub-committee agreed to restrict licensing hours to 11pm every day of the week.
The report by officers to Tuesday's planning committee states: "The concerns raised include noise, disturbance, and vandalism experienced from customers of the Man in the Wall public house and inadequate parking and congestion leading to highway safety problems.
"Pub use is likely to bring a certain amount of disturbance and noise, but this is to be expected in a town centre and is accepted by many town centre residents."
They say the proposal will enhance the vitality and evening economy in an area which is already vibrant, and that problems with anti-social behaviour were reported by residents to be associated with the Man in the Wall pub.
"The behaviour is undoubtedly unacceptable, but it cannot be assumed that the proposal would add to it. It appears to be a problem that is best addressed by the management of the pub that the problems arise from."
Applicant Katy Jane Louise Marsh has said she has 15 years of experience running pubs in Wimborne, and will aim the pub at the more discerning drinker to support local micro brewing.
Only bar food will be provided, and three deliveries to the pub each week will be unloaded from a vehicle no larger than a transit or sprinter van in the car park at the rear to be brought in via the rear entrance to the building, and waste and recycling would also be kept at the rear.
Smoking will not be allowed outside the front of the premises, which will have CCTV, fire and burglar alarms installed and enrol in the town's Pub Watch scheme.
She said that as the town is also a residential area, she will ensure her customers respect the surrounding residents.
The council's environmental health department has noted that the 11pm closing time is earlier than that in nearby town centre pubs on Fridays and Saturdays, the key problem nights, reducing the possibility of noise pollution.
"Given that there is no kitchen, cooking facilities or extract shown on the plans I have no concerns that cooking odours might impact on the amenity of neighbours."
Internal and external alterations proposed for the Grade II listed building in a separate application include a projecting sign, fascia sign with elevated planter above and external lighting, and new doors at the rear replacing and existing garage door, and will require separate advertisement and listed building consent.