Planning boss stumped over pub hours worries

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A planning boss has been left baffled over complaints regarding a pub’s opening hours - before it has even been built.

The first brick hasn’t even been laid at the Harvester pub site in Buckshaw Village but residents and councillors have already raised concerns about potential anti-social behaviour.

No complaints were made when the original plans were submitted but now objections have been raised after plans were approved to extend the opening hours to 1am on most special occasions including Halloween and Boxing Day.

The latest it wants to stay open till is till 2am on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Coun Steve Holgate, chairman of the Development Control Committee, said: “It’s a pub and we need to give it a chance, if a pub wants to increase its hours we can’t stand in its way.

“If there is a noise issue or any problems we have the licensing committee to help sort things, but we can’t just say no to them.”

Mitchells and Butlers, who will own the pub, have had a planning application accepted to extend the opening hours on 16 days of the year including bank holidays and special occasions.

The decision to approve the application was made under delegated powers.

The application was not considered at Chorley Council’s Development Control Committee meeting which caused fury amongst residents.

The pub will be adjacent to the Hungry Horse pub, in Buckshaw Avenue, which is set to open next month.

Coun Mark Perks, ward councillor for Buckshaw Village, added: “I’m disappointed that the chairman of the planning committee didn’t consider my request for the application to go on the Development Control Committee.

“He acted upon delegated powers to approve it and not ask other councillors.

“There was no reason given why it wasn’t put on the meeting agenda, residents are extremely upset that they didn’t have the chance to raise their concerns.

“We have major concerns about the noise aspect on bank holiday’s, children are sometimes at school the next day and the late hours could have a major impact on them when they are asleep, we feel we deserve an answer.”