Residents fear noise issues as Derby pub looks to extend opening hours

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Worried residents in a Derby suburb are worried about the "thump thump" of loud music as a neighbouring pub applies to change its licence.

The House of Darwin in Shelton Lock wants to vary its licence to have earlier opening hours to be able to serve breakfasts, to close later and to extend its licensable area to include the external area around the premises, which includes the garden, decking and car park.

It is currently licensed for live music, recorded music, entertainment involving live or recorded music, dance, late night refreshment and the sale of alcohol.

Indoor live and recorded music can be played on Sundays from noon to 11pm and Monday to Saturday from 11am to 11pm.

The applicant wants to be able to have live music, indoors and outdoors, on Sundays from noon to 10pm and Monday to Saturday from noon to midnight.

It also wants permission to play recorded music, indoors and outdoors, on Sundays from 8am to 12.30am; Monday to Thursday from 7am to 12.30am; and Fridays and Saturdays from 7am to 1am.

The sale of alcohol is currently allowed from 11am to 11pm, Sunday to Thursday, and 11am to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

The applicant is asking for this to be changed to 8am to midnight on Sundays; 7am to midnight Monday to Thursday; 7am to 1am on Fridays; and 8am to 1am on Saturdays.

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Ten letters of objection have been sent to the council's general licensing sub-committee, which will meet to discuss the application at 10am on Wednesday, August 5.

They include an objection from the council's environmental protection team which says it "objects to the extension of hours for music on the grounds of public nuisance".

The team adds: "This is especially in light of the applicant's apparent intention to utilise external areas at the premises, which is likely to increase the impacts from noise upon local residential dwellings."

One resident has written to say extending the licence outdoors and the extension of hours will cause "more noise and disturbance to residents".

They added: "We wish to be able to enjoy our garden without the constant thump thump of music being played nearby."

Another resident said they had previously rung the pub to ask for the music volume to be turned down, "which they do for about 20-30 minutes then it's back up to full volume".

Some of the letters of objection also mention a nearby residential home for the elderly.

One said: "We consider this to be a major rather than a minor variation and because of Covid-19 restrictions people cannot walk into the pub and see the details of the application. It seems very unfair to all local residents."

The House of Darwin, which was formerly a Hungry Horse pub and before that the popular Golden Pheasant restaurant, opened in summer 2017.

The application states: "We wish to have the option to serve breakfast daily from 8am and add one hour to our weekend closing time to allow for a more relaxed drinking up time on a Friday and Saturday night.

"We feel this is still fully honouring the licensing objectives and respect for the community and our neighbours.

"We have also considered the boundary changes to be able to use our outside bar areas fully to support social distancing measures and trade as safely as possible everyday."

Derbyshire police have not made a representation to the committee and have worked with the venue on a set of licence conditions during the consultation period.

These include no use of the outdoor bar after 9pm, outdoor entertainment not to finish any later than 10pm and "the disposal of waste and bottles shall not take place between the hours of 11pm and 7am to minimise public nuisance".

The general licensing committee meeting will take place virtually on Wednesday.

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