COUNCILLORS at Warrington have approved plans for a craft ale bar in the middle of Culcheth village – despite objections from the parish council and five nearby residents.
The development involves a former hi-fi shop in The Parade, Lodge Drive.
Applicant Stevan Hamilton plans to establish the bar opening from apm to 11pm Thursday and Friday, and on Sundays and Bank Holidays and 12 noon to 11pm on Saturday. Originally he had hoped to stay open until midnight but amended his proposals at the request of planning officers.
There will be 13 covers and additional standing areas.
Culcheth and Glazebury Parish Council opposed the scheme because of its impact on nearby homes because of outlook, noise and disturbance. They were also concerned about loud music, parking problems and the fact the property would have only one toilet.
Former borough councillor Matt Smith also objected on the grounds of potential disturbance to residents of retirement flats at Gilbert Court.
Nearby residents were concerned about noise and disturbance, a proliferation of drinking establishments, parking problems, etc.
But planning officers said the development would add to the vitality of the shopping centre, was in a sustainable location and would not have a significant detrimental impact on any adjoining occupiers.
Members of the borough council’s development management committee approved the application.