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New pub at former bank must wait for licensing hearing

Owners of a new pub due to take over the former TSB bank in Mapperley must wait another month before being able to plead their case for a controversial license application.

Staff behind ‘The Old Bank Mapperley’, on Plains Road, were initially scheduled to make their case for the license on Thursday (December 16), but the hearing at Gedling Borough Council has been postponed until January 13.

The council says the meeting was postponed “to allow sufficient time for all parties to prepare for the hearing” due to a large number of objections to the plans.

The application is requesting a license to turn the building into a bar and restaurant, coming as part of a wider redevelopment which also includes flats upstairs.

In its application, the pub’s owners propose standard operating hours of between 8am and 2am the following day, seven days a week, with the pub bidding to serve alcohol during the same period.

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Owners hope to occasionally show plays, films, sport, live music, recorded music and dance performances.

And the venue states it will also bring in a CCTV recording system prior to opening and will train all members of staff in the sale of alcohol, stressing it will follow “all relevant legislation” on public safety and nuisance.

But as many as 23 written objections were submitted in regards to the plans, with several concerns raised.

Drawings for the pub show it could feature a beer garden to its rear, which several residents objected to on the grounds of “public nuisance”.

Terry Buttle, the council’s environmental health officer, also raised similar concerns.

In an objection letter, he said: “I have examined the plans submitted and I would like to object to the use of the outside area on the grounds of public nuisance.

“[This is] due to the potential noise levels from the use of the outside area, as these are likely to cause a public nuisance to nearby residential properties including those properties that have been proposed to the rear and above the premises.”

Others raised issues with the proposed opening times, stating no other venue stays open for alcohol sales until this hour and the majority are closed by midnight.

Objector Lynda Schippers, who lives on nearby Bonington Road, said: “The site of the premises is at the top of Bonington Road, which is a very quiet and peaceful place.

“We have a strong community spirit and a venue such as this is nothing but alarming.

“There is no other venue, restaurant, pub or bar that serves alcohol past 1am. The majority close at 12 midnight at the weekend and 11pm during the week, there is no demand for a 2am closing.”

She went on to raise noise concerns from, people leaving “at all hours”, as well as taxis driving around the area and the potential effects of alcohol on the “wrong kind of customers”.

In its submissions, the applicant said it will follow all “relevant legislation” to prevent public nuisance and will “liaise and cooperate” with responsible authorities.

It confirmed a ‘Challenge 21’ policy will be in place to prevent the sale of alcohol to underage drinkers.

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