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9th Dec, 2021

Pub’s tent plan sparks anger

Catherine Thompson 20th Oct, 2021 Updated: 20th Oct, 2021

PLANS for a permanent tent over an outdoor seating area at a Leamington pub has angered neighbours.

More than 20 objections have been made against a cover over an extension to the outside seating area in the car park of the Holly Bush Inn.

Many opposed have since complained of rowdy behaviour and expressed concerns about increased on-street parking around the Holly Street pub.

One resident said: “The move to outdoor use on this scale has significantly increased the noise and nuisance level of anti-social behaviour for local residents in surrounding streets, with residents unable to sleep with open windows on hot nights due to the volume of noise and there is now potential for this to further increase with the erection of a staging/decking area which may be used for music and other events.”

But pub owner Hawthorn Pubs reassured there were no plans for live music.

A spokesperson said: “When the planning application was put forward for the Holly Bush, there was existing seating outside the pub which had been added in April due to outdoor hospitality Covid restrictions.

“The new decking which was also added to the pub’s exterior is to create further additional seating. We want to reassure locals that we are investing in the Holly Bush in order to transform it into a true community hub, and with the addition of a brand-new exterior tent structure, locals can enjoy the outdoor area year-round with no loud or live music, a brand-new premium drinks menu and a new partner who has extensive experience running successful premium community pubs.”

Warwick District Council is set to consider the matter.

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