Richmond micro pub plans set for approval

Plans for a new micro-pub in Richmond are set for approval.

Planning officers are recommending that a planning application to change the use of the firmer bistro at 29 Frenchgate is approved.

The premises currently have permission for A3 uses, which include cafes and restaurants.

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However, the application submitted to Richmondshire District Council by Andrew Lamont is to change the use to A4, which covers bars and pubs.

The bar would be open from 11am to 11pm daily and sell concentrate on real ale and craft beers.

For objections have been received, one from Richmondshire Museum and one from residents living nearby.

Concerns have been raised that the bar would increase disorder and noise in the area.

But the applicant stated: “The micro pub is targeted at the slightly older more discerning clientele who enjoy a couple of quiet pints of real ale or craft products.

“There will be no gaming machines or loud music. Bad language, loud or abusive behaviour will not be tolerated although I genuinely believe the establishment will not attract that element, there will be no happy hours or cheap deals on cheap lagers, no alcopops or cheap spirits, just premium ales, craft beers and speciality products served in friendly surroundings.”

Objector also expressed concern about smokers standing outside, but the applicant says he would expect this issue to have been the same when the bistro/café operated and as a relatively small site with relatively few patrons at any one time, the applicant would expect the number of smokers to be low,

The applicant has told planners that he has met with the Police and has agreed to install CCTV and that the premises would operate a ‘Challenge 25’ policy.

The application will be discussed at a district council meeting on Tuesday.