Pub extension ‘would lead to too much noise’

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A proposal to extend a pub has been knocked back by planners.

Brewery Heron and Brearley had applied to extend the Bridge on North Quay in Douglas into the empty shop next door.

But planners refused the application on the grounds that the applicant failed to demostrate that the extension would not give rise to ‘noise, vibration and environmental conflict’ with the flats above.

The government’s director of planning and building control says that no account was taken of the effects of noise on the flats above.

It adds that no detail is provided on ‘the potential from flanking transmission of noise via open windows, doors and through or by the mechanical ventilation system’.

The fourth reason given for rejection was the potential for noise during live music events.

The rejection letter adds: ‘The proposal is likely to result in a detrimental reduction in amenity of local residents who currently enjoy quiet enjoyment of their properties and likely to be subsequently subject to occasional annoyance due to rowdy behaviour and loud amplified music.’

The Bridge is one of several licensed premises on North Quay, an area known as ‘the Barbary Coast’.

The brewery could appeal against the decision.

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