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Residents concerns over ’24 events a year’ at village micro-brewery

Residents have expressed concerns over a micro-brewery in a small village holding indoor and outdoor events throughout the year.

Councillors are set to decide whether to offer a premises licence to Brook House Brewery in Besthorpe Road, Collingham.

The licensing hearing was held at Newark and Sherwood District Council on Tuesday, November 23.

Applicant Henry Bealby said he was not attempting to open a new pub in the village but to have a maximum of 24 events throughout the calendar year – up to 12 of which would be outside.

Events at the brewery would include plays, stand-up comedians, live music, folk singers, and dance performances including Morris dancing.

He said music events will close at 10.30pm.

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Currently, the Brook House Brewery does not have a licence, but has applied for temporary event notices to hold events at the premises and supply alcohol since 2018.

Residents have raised concerns about “excessive noise that music at the venue will cause” with one resident playing eight mobile phone clips from three past events to the licensing hearing.

The footage is of music from a rock band, which can be heard from nearby streets, with the resident telling the hearing: “I am deeply concerned for my kids and other kids in the nearby vicinity who can’t get to sleep.”

Residents have also written to the council expressing their concerns if the licence is granted including music being played until just before midnight.

One couple stated: “We would argue it has shown no interest in controlling noise pollution from its premises thereby causing demonstrable public nuisance and harm to local residents and their ability to enjoy their private homes.”

One resident living near the brewery said there is a lack of available car parking spaces at the venue and visitors have parked along Woodhill Road which is “already congested”.

“I will feel unable to sit in my garden as it will no longer be peaceful,” the resident added.

 

Mr Bealby addressed the hearing to defend his application and reject allegations the venue was “a public nuisance.”

He said: “We have never had a visit from the police – there has been no allegation of endangering the public. We have CCTV.”

He said there was no intention to open the venue like a pub as the former Grey Horse in the area had “closed for a reason.”

“It only works as an occasional place to come,” he added. “We would not be creating a Wetherspoons in north Collingham.”

He said there had been positive responses to the venue, with some residents describing it as an asset and adding value to the village.

Mr Bealby said he was looking into noise control measures and would notify residents of any loud events that were happening in the future with a number to call if there were any concerns.

Council enforcement officers said that if the licence was granted it did not mean residents have to “put up with loud music” and it would not override the council’s ability to enforce if there were problems.

The three-person panel said it would now go away and make its decision on whether the licence should be granted. A decision is expected in 48 hours.

 

 

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