Teesside TV

Sunrise Sunset
°C
Today
04/12/2021
°C
Tonight
04/12/2021
°C
Tomorrow
05/12/2021
°C
Saturday
06/12/2021
°C
Sunday
07/12/2021
°C
Monday
08/12/2021
°C

VOTED ON: Cocktail bar roof terrace in Linthorpe

VOTED ON: Cocktail bar roof terrace in Linthorpe

The Artizan in Linthorpe, Image: Peter Reimann

A decision on whether a roof terrace at a cocktail bar in Linthorpe can open until 10pm will be voted on this week.

However, it is not looking positive for The Artizan as the council’s planning officers have suggested that the proposals should be rejected.

Councillors will vote to approve or refuse the plans at the Planning and Development Committee this Friday

The bar, situated on Roman Road, currently opens its roof terrace until 7pm, however, it is hoping that councillors will allow it to open the outside space later into the evening.

Cocktail bar

Inside the Artizan in Linthorpe, Image: Peter Reimann

In a report to the committee, the local planning authority has expressed concern about increased noise levels for residents living near the bar.

It states: “In the opinion of the Local Planning Authority, the operation/use of the proposed terrace, between the hours of 7pm to 10pm would result in noise disturbance in the immediately surrounding area and would have a detrimental impact on the amenity of nearby residents at a time when they should reasonably expect a reasonable level of peace and quiet.”

However, Paul Andrew Hynes, a director at LBH Bars Ltd, which owns The Artizan, does not believe that noise will be an issue.

He said: “Impact from noise is non-existent. Not only has the bar never had any complaints logged against it, we have been operating the terrace since lockdown restrictions were lifted with no issues from residents, only compliments.

“We had an extensive noise survey report done at the closest neighbouring property from a Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon where we opened for the duration. This noise survey came back with noise levels comparable to light rain or a quiet office.”

According to the committee report, the average noise levels would not increase in the area due to the extended hours for the roof terrace.

However, it added: “It is considered that the proposal would introduce a type of noise into a mixed commercial / residential area, at a point close and adjacent to residential properties which would be particularly difficult to predict and control and would be doing so at a time of the day when surrounding residents should be able to expect a greater level of amenity.

“The proposal would be likely to result in intermittent additional disturbance to residential amenity on a basis sufficiently regular to be considered as being notably harmful to the existing levels of residential amenity contrary to the NPPF and Local Plan Policy DC1.”

In the area, 69 neighbourhood consultations were sent out and the council received two objections from homes on Roman Road.

Both of the complaints cited concerns over the lack of parking and increased noise levels in the area.

In response, Mr Hynes pointed to the fact that it was a bar and people generally didn’t drink and drive.

He also said that the terrace has been open for nearly a year without this being an issue.

The council’s environmental protection officers have no objections to the proposals and stated that the extension of opening hours would not have a significant impact on noise levels in the area.

However, it did suggest that, as noise levels were tested when covid restrictions were in place, they could be higher now as more people may be on the terrace.

Since the bar is not intending to play music outside, the noise will be from people’s voices which could vary from day to day and customer to customer.

The council’s planning officers also suggest that customers are likely to be in ‘higher spirits’ later in the evening which could lead to greater noise levels, which would not have been picked up on the noise tests conducted earlier in the day.

They also raised concerns that a number of properties in the area could house families with children and also if more people are at the premises then there will be an increase in noise from people leaving in cars and taxis.

However, the report does note that the bar has erected a fenced area as a barrier to the residential flat to reduce noise levels.

The council’s planning officers have also added that, if plans went ahead and complaints were received, then outdoor drinking areas are generally ‘notoriously difficult to deal with’.

 

Words: Emily Craigie, Local Democracy Reporter


Watch Live


Watch the channel on TV

7

Freeview

195

Sky

159

Virgin Media