Extended hours granded to Bilsthorpe’s The Copper Beech pub

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A VILLAGE pub has been given the green light to sell alcohol as late as 1am despite concerns from some of its neighbours.

The Copper Beech in Bilsthorpe was also given permission to serve earlier by Newark & Sherwood District Council.

Landlord Michael Leicester applied for the changes so the venue can host functions and draw in more customers through champagne breakfasts as part of race day trip packages.

The council’s licensing committee agreed to the changes, subject to conditions.

At a meeting on Wednesday, councillors were told that Mr Leicester wanted to make the licence alternations to better provide for customers at the Kirklington Road pub.

His solicitor Karen Hughes told the hearing: “He needs to maximise the potential of the premises but wants to work with the authorities and neighbours.”

She added the extra hours were for flexibility for functions and the pub was not planning to be open all the time.

The committee was also told the council had received no complaints about disturbance from the pub since Mr Leicester took charge in April.

The pub plans to hold functions in a converted barn separate from the main building.

Environmental health officers from the council objected to the move, saying it could cause disturbance.

Nottinghamshire Police also initially objected as the applicant had wanted to serve until 2am at weekends, but withdrew their representation after it was dropped to 1am.

Robert Smith, who lives in a house next to the pub, said he would be concerned about noise made by guests of functions leaving late at night.

He told the hearing there was ‘potential for certain low levels of noise and nuisance’.

The committee then granted the application with a condition to install noise insulation materials in the function room.

The pub will be allowed to sell alcohol from 9am instead of noon until 11.30pm, Monday to Wednesday, and will be able to sell half an hour later until 1am Thursday to Saturday, midnight on Sunday.