Licensing application for outdoor bar is approved

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PLANS to create a bar in the rear courtyard of one of Buckingham’s historic pubs met with preliminary approval from district councillors despite receiving short shrift from nearby residents.

Thirteen High Street, formerly the Grand Junction pub, submitted plans for a major variation of its premises licence, which could see an outdoor bar built, to Aylesbury Vale District Council’s interim licensing and gambling acts sub-committee.

Today, Tuesday (17/5), the committee gave approval to the change, subject to planning permission.

The application said, if approved, the ‘external servery’ would increase security of the pub’s boundaries, allow the management and supervision of the outdoor area, would move people away from the front door, reducing noise to the street and stopping a ‘bottle neck’ of people at the main bar.

Several letters were received by the committee from nearby residents opposing the application on the grounds it would lead to more noise from the venue, an increase in crime and would put safety at risk.

In the application, Thirteen High Street said having the external bar would allow staff to see what was going on quicker, eliminate any staff ‘blind spots’ where crime and disorder could take place.

It said: “Public safety is hugely increased as permanent staffing in the garden bar will help to stop people from attempting unregistered entry to the premises via the garden.”

A planning application will need to be submitted before the external bar can be built.