Neighbors fear noise nightmare from pub’s outdoor dining area

Residents living near a pub are concerned about being plagued by noise from an outdoor dining area. Royal Oak in Worleston, near Nantwich, has asked Cheshire East Council to change its operating licence.

The changes would cover a new 60-seat brick dining hall and an open-sided shelter for eating outside. A request for retrospective development of the refuge has also been filed with the town hall.

Now the council’s licensing law subcommittee is due to discuss the revised licensing plan at a meeting this Wednesday, May 11.

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Three objections have been submitted by members of the public, who say the outdoor dining space would overlook their properties and risk causing a nuisance. The refuge is less than three meters from their gardens.

A resident pointed to a recent small gathering at the Main Road pub, where people were using the outdoor space. “The sound of bystanders could be heard in our property with the double glazed doors and windows all closed,” they wrote.

“If a larger group or those who are emboldened by drinking are brought together, then naturally the noise level will increase exponentially.” The resident also claimed that the hours of permission – which would not change – would be “excessive” if the outdoor space was used for that duration.

Royal Oak hours are 12:00-11:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 12:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10:00 p.m. Sunday.

The opponent added: ‘There is no allowance during the day on any day of the week where the privacy, enjoyment and comfort of neighbors’ gardens and properties would not be encroached upon.

Now, the licensing subcommittee will be asked to decide whether to approve the license amendment, add additional terms, or reject it.

Cheshire Police did not oppose the plans and agreed a number of terms with the claimant. Steps include setting up a CCTV system, implementing a ‘Challenge 25’ policy for drinkers, training staff and maintaining a liquor sales denial registry.

StokeonTrentLive has approached The Royal Oak for comment.

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