Wine bar can stay open until 2am


CULCHETH’S new Bacchus wine bar has won planning consent to stay open until 2am on certain days of the week – despite strong objections from Culcheth and Glazebury Parish Council.
Borough planners agreed to vary the conditions of the existing planning consent which would have forced the establishment to close at midnight at the latest.
Previously the wine bar’s opening hours were restricted to 12 noon until midnight, Monday to Saturday, and 12 noon until 11.30pm on Sundays, Bank Holidays and Public Holidays.
Now it will be able to open at 9am every day and from Sunday to Wednesday will be able to stay open until 1am and from Thursday to Saturday and on Bank Holidays will be able to stay open until 2am.
The longer hours will also apply on New Years Eve.
Planners also made some amendments to the layout of the premises involving the siting of tables and chairs at the front of the building.
The parish council had opposed outdoor seating at the front of the building which it claimed would be unsafe because the pavement is too narrow and the seating too close to the road. They argued that an application for a change of hours was premature as it would be the first wine bar in the village.
But wine bar owner Paul Wright told planners the outside seating area would be segregated from the pavement by a fence. It would not be used after 10 pm other than by smokers.
He pointed out that the premises was next door to the Cherry Tree pub, which as far as he knew, had never operated with any hours restriction.
Planning officers said the amended hours and other alteration would have no significant impact on the vitality of Culcheth Shopping Centre nor the living conditions of nearby residents.


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