Wem: Request to transform a former lounge into a wine bar refused

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A APPLICATION to turn a former hair salon into a tapas and wine bar in Wem has been turned down by Shropshire Council due to noise concerns.

Candidate Callum McCarthy hoped to turn 49 High Street into a bar that would be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Mr McCarthy was granted a premises license after providing details of the terms the bar would have to abide by.

The request was backed by Wem City Council who felt it would boost the town’s night-time economy – but planners rejected the plans.

Wem City Council Clerk Penny O’Hagan said: ‘Wem City Council supports the bid as it will benefit the town’s night-time economy.

However, Shropshire Council Case Manager Allison Lloyd said the claim was challenged by Sally Edwards, who cited noise issues as one of the main ones.

Ms Lloyd added: “Public representations have been received with opposition.

“Concerns have been raised about possible unauthorized internal work taking place.

“The impact of noise on neighboring residents and potential damage to pedestrians accessing right from the freeway were also raised.”

Mr McCarthy has also indicated that he wants to take over the site and a public protection officer said he should be linked to someone unrelated to the bar.

They added: “If the residential property above the proposed bar is going to be the manager’s accommodation, this will not need to be taken into account, but it will need to be linked to the proposed use so that it does not cannot be occupied by anyone unrelated to bar use.

“If the residential use above is tied to the bar use, it removes the concern about the amenity of that apartment.

“However, there are still residential properties nearby that could be affected by noise, particularly if music is playing.”

Ms Lloyd concluded that the claimant had failed to provide sufficient information to overcome concerns about noise complaints.

She added: “The proposed use of the tapas/wine bar raises concerns about potential noise and disturbance to nearby and nearby local residential amenities, insufficient information has been provided in support of this application to overcome these concerns and demonstrate the contrary.”

You can find out more via https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/planning/applications/ and enter 22/02792/FUL.

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