A brewery will be able to serve drinks to customers and visitors from a new outdoor bar and seating area after councillors approved an application to vary its licence.
Skinner’s Brewery in Truro had applied to add new areas to its existing licence for its base in Newham. The brewery had recently held a crowdfunding campaign to help pay for the refurbishment of the outdoor area.
However there had been an objection to the application from residents at Newham House who were concerned about noise and disturbance.
Skinner’s Brewery already had a licence to serve alcohol from the brewery as part of its visitor centre which offers people the chance to tour the brewery, sample some of the beers and buy some to take home from its shop.
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Steve Skinner, founder, owner and managing director of the brewery, told councillors on Cornwall Council’s licensing act sub-committee, that he wanted to create a “nice facility for Truro”.
He told councillors that he had extensive experience as a licence holder and that in 20 years of the brewery they had not been “bad neighbours”.
Mr Skinner said that under the plans any live music would end at 10pm, last orders would be at 10.30pm and everybody would be off the premises by 11pm.
He said: “We have always had people there in the evening over the 18 years and had music going on. We are very respectful. We don’t want a late night place there, we don’t want rowdy. We are very professional and we will continue to be like that and respectful.”
The brewery boss said that the outdoor area would be able to seat 80 people and the inside area could host up to 50 people. During the day it would have a cafe style approach.
He added: “We don’t want a late night venue, we don’t want that problem. We are just looking to have a nicer atmosphere really. I just think it will be a very nice facility for Truro.”
Mr Skinner said there were no plans for “big rock bands” to play at the brewery and said that there were plans for sea shanty groups to perform.
Residents from Newham House had submitted an objection and in their letter stated: “The proposed outside bar and seating area in the brewery-yard and car park, to which the majority of this application applies, is within 25 yards of Newham House. Once thronged with people and with added outdoor musical entertainment of any sort, the implications speak for themselves.”
And they added: “The effect on our lives if an outside music licence – of any sort – is granted, will be miserable. For our older residents it will mean disturbance beyond endurance, on top of the last year of isolation.”
Tim Barnes spoke to outline the concerns of residents and added: “It is a strange place to put a pub.”
The licensing act sub-committee agreed to grant approval for the variation of the premises licence.
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