The inspector considered that the proposed pub was likely to cater mainly for people from the village living within walking distance, so customers were unlikely to linger outside after closing time. She noted that no external seating was proposed and the appellant had confirmed that no drinks would be allowed outside, even for patrons who were smokers.
Because the appellant was not proposing to use a television or play music, she was satisfied that residents in flats above the premises were unlikely to be disturbed. The proximity of pubs to residential properties in small rural villages is not uncommon, she remarked.
Inspector: Yvonne Wright; Written representations