BOSSES at Warwick Castle say they do all they can to be good neighbours.
There were a number of objections from noise-fearing residents in Stuart Close to an application from the castle for an alcohol licence, from 8am to 11pm, to serve guests eating in the restaurant of Knight’s Village – the 28 year-round lodges and 41 seasonal glamping tents which welcome visitors for overnight stays.
Warwick District Council gave the green-light, and castle bosses have been quick to stress they want to foster good relations with neighbouring residents.
Castle divisional director Nick Blofeld, said: “Knight’s Village includes a restaurant with bar facilities – the Banqueting Hall – which is open daily to residents only.
“It is not our intention that the room operates as a bar: no bar-style seating is available, and guests may only sit in the Banqueting Hall if they are dining with us.
“An 11pm noise curfew is also in place covering the entire site, and in practice we’ve closed the bar by 9.30pm on most nights.
“Measures that allow for dance, films and live music reflected our current overall site licence and there are no current plans to offer these attractions in Knight’s Village. There will be no licensable activities after 11pm.
Mr Blofeld said since Knight’s Village opened at the start of July there had not been any complaints relating to the serving of alcohol.
He added: “We have offered glamping at the castle for three years and one incident of entertainment noise in the first season was dealt with speedily at the time. Since then we have not received any noise complaints directly resulting from our accommodation.
“We aim to maintain good relations with our neighbours and remain grateful to the majority of Warwick businesses and residents who support our vision of ensuring Warwick Castle and the town continue to enjoy the economic benefits of domestic and international tourism.”