A new mircopub has been given the green light and its opening has been described as ‘quite refreshing’.
High Peak Borough councillors voted unanimously in favour of the development to convert a former florist shop into a new drinking establishment on Old Road in Whaley Bridge.
The change of use planning application was brought before the development and control committee due to the high level of public interest surrounding the proposal- 10 letters of objection and 79 letters of support were received.
Councillor Samantha Flower said: “I like this very much. It is very difficult for breweries to get a foot in the door and we should be encouraging businesses to develop.”
Councillor Graham Oakley said: “When did we last hear of a pub opening up -it’s quite refreshing in this day and age.”
Applicant Mike Wilde, who owns Whaley Bridge Brewery and has now been given permission to open the Whaley Bridge Brewery Tap House, said: “We are extremely grateful at the level of local support and interest - this give us great encouragement as to the viability of this proposal.” Concerns were raised about the flat above the pub and local residents who may suffer noise pollution however Councillor Bob McKeown said: “The people who go in there will be real ale drinkers who want a quiet pint I can’t image it getting too rowdy.”
At the meeting resident Mr Elsworth said: “Our daughter’s bedroom faces the site and the noise of people approaching and leaving and the noise from within would disturb her sleep. We also don’t want to have to close our blinds in our kitchen just to eat in private.”
Councillors stated the rear door of the property must be re-opened so smokers were not congregating on the front and disturbing residents.