Premises licence granted for up to 2,000 people ahead of Kings of Leon concert in MK

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An events company has been given permission to hold camping and entertainment events for 2,000 people in Little Horwood, despite opposition from three parish councils.

Halo Events was granted a premises licence on Thursday, following discussion by the licensing and gambling acts sub-committee of Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC).

The application, to provide camping accommodation for up to 2,000 people, with music entertainment until 3am, bar and catering van, on land at The Retreat, Little Horwood, attracted strong opposition from Little Horwood, Great Horwood and Nash parish councils and from several neighbours.

Little Horwood Parish Council said the public nuisance of noise and increased vehicle movements throughout the events “is likely to be intolerable” for nearby residents.

The event is being organised by Tania McIntosh, who owns The Retreat, to cater for people attending a Kings Of Leon concert at Milton Keynes bowl on Sunday, June 22.

Ms McIntosh owns and runs a serviced apartment company in Milton Keynes which lets out apartments to people visiting the area.

In her application, Ms McIntosh said: “The idea for Halo Events came when in 2011 the Foo Fighters played at the Milton Keynes Bowl and my apartments were completely sold out well in advance of the event, as were all other hotels and apartments in the area. It was then that I decided to use the land at the rear of my home, The Retreat, as a campsite with light entertainment, food and bar.”

The plan is for campers to arrive on the Saturday and depart by noon on the Monday, with Halo Events providing bus transfers to and from Milton Keynes Bowl for the Kings of Leon concert on the Sunday. Campers would arrive back at the campsite at about 11.30pm.

The licence is restricted to four occasions per year, for a maximum duration of four days for each event and a maximum of 2,000 people.

Clerk to Nash Parish Council John Hamilton represented Nash and Great Horwood Parish Councils at the meeting.

He told the Advertiser: “It is rather concerning that despite all the points we raised, none of the issues has been taken into account, particularly the issue of having loud music until 11pm.

“There’s a further problem if you’ve got a large number of cars coming in over a short period you’re going to end up with cars backing up on the A421.”