Opening hours restriction retained at pub

Extended opening hours have been refused at a pub in North Yorkshire after an inspector decided that they would be likely to adversely affect local residents' amenity.

The appellants sought permission to open the premises between 11am and 1.30am on Mondays to Saturdays and noon until 1.30am on Sundays. They claimed that the extended hours would accord with the site licence and would not adversely affect local amenity. Residents alleged that the pub generated a significant amount of noise late at night, ranging from customers' voices to amplified music, and some complained that it was difficult to hear their television sets.

This important evidence had not been challenged by the appellants, the inspector recorded. In his view, the current condition requiring the pub to close at midnight struck the correct balance. The fact that the site licence allowed longer opening hours did not remove the need for him to exercise his judgement based on the available evidence, he made clear.

DCS Number 100-050-159

Inspector Peter Willows; Hearing.

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