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Gin bar proposal thrown out by planners

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PLANS for a gin and cocktail bar offering occasional live music at Culcheth have been turned down by borough council planning chiefs.
The scheme involved the change of use of a former bridal shop at The Courtyard, off Common Lane, – but it was opposed by Culcheth and Glazebury Parish Council and the occupiers of four other properties.
Planning officers had recommended the proposals for approval, but the borough’s development management committee decided there were inadequate parking proposals and the scheme would have an impact on nearby properties.
The objectors had claimed there are already too many drinking establishments and restaurants in Culcheth. They were concerned about possible noise pollution, littering and social problems leading to serious harm.
The parish council also expressed concern about the cumulative impact with a proposed, adjacent milk bar.
The applicant indicated there would normally be background music but on about two occasions a month, there would be live acoustic music on Sundays from 4pm to 7pm.
Officers argued that the was an acceptable town centre use, that would contribute positively to the character, diversity and vitality of the centre and to the village’s day and night time economies.

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  1. “Officers argued that the [proposal?] was an acceptable town centre use, that would contribute positively to the character, diversity and vitality of the centre and to the village’s day and night time economies.” Are they for real?
    I am bound to wonder how the ‘Officers’ reached their conclusions, particularly those relating to the “character, diversity and vitality of the centre of the village.” Given the number and variety of eating and drinking establishments in the village currently all vying for custom. Do the Officers not consider, or chose to ignore, the impact of introducing another such establishment on those already in place? If not why not, because there will undoubtedly be an impact in a village already overcrowded with places to eat and drink.

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