Forest Events Ltd submits premises licence application to host live music and serve alcohol until 2am at The 616 venue, Wellow, to Newark and Sherwood District Council
A premises licence application to host live music and serve alcohol until 2am has been submitted to Newark and Sherwood District Council.
The applicants, Forest Events Ltd, plan to bring more entertainment to the The 616 venue — a 13-double room holiday accommodation at Chapel Farm, Wellow.
However, residents are worried that should the licence be granted, they would be left with an inappropriate venue in the village.
The site’s cellar would be home to live and recorded music, while the supply of alcohol would be from 7am to 2am daily.
Michael Kheng, of Kurnia Consultants Ltd, who spoke at the on behalf of residents with objections, highlighted public nuisance, public safety and a fear of crime and disorder as issues that needed to be addressed.
“The residents believe it is totally inappropriate for a small village the size of Wellow,” said Mr Kheng.
“The site has a residential property around 30 metres away.
“There is no planning in place and a planning inspector has looked at the application and has deemed that they (the rooms) should only be used for holiday accommodation, and no other purpose.
“For that reason, we believe they should be refused.
“They (the applicants) should go through planning first — and we do not think it would be an easy path to get planning permission — but once they have that, they should comeback and then it could be justified as to why you could grant a premises license.
“There are all of the safety concerns, such as getting fire engines and ambulances to the site. The plan doesn’t conform.
“There is no clear, marked areas. There is no bar shown on the plans, no kitchen shown on the plans, which doesn’t fulfil the requirements or regulations, so the application should be dismissed on that point also.
“A similar application was made in East Riding of Yorkshire and was refused.”
David Chapelhow, who runs the business with his wife, Gair Kettles, said: “The application (premise licence) that we have is for a holiday cottage for up to 26 people.
“We strongly believe that whether it is ten or 20 people here, to be granted a licence is the responsible thing to do.
“We have looked at the issues regarding access and, in particular, the fire service and ambulance service do not have any objections whatsoever.
“Myself and my wife are responsible people and we are very good at what we do.
“There seems to be a misconception that if we are not granted this licence we will not be able to open or operate and, to clarify, all we want to do is be responsible and to be granted a licence for what happens here.
“There will be no impact on traffic movement and there will be no impact on the amount of people attending.
“There will be no impact on the day-to-day operation, but having a licence will make us responsibly and liable for whatever happens here.”
Mr Chapelhow also argued there was ample parking for more than 300 cars on owned fields and hard-standing land around the site, however, as it was outside of the submitted plans, it was overlooked by the licensing committee, which was concerned that attendees would park on the lane approaching the site, and that a nearby open bridge, mixed with a lack of street lighting and alcohol, would present danger.