Bridlington’s former tourist information office is to become a bar

Councilors have licensed a new bar to open in a disused tourist information center despite noise concerns from neighbors

The East Riding Council Licensing Act 2003 Sub-Committee has granted H&L Group’s application for The Garden Bar, at 25 Prince Street, in premises which have been empty for five years.

Licensing consultant Michael O’Brien, speaking on behalf of the claimant, told advisers that the bar’s sound system had been designed to drown out the noise coming from it as much as possible.

But three people living in the nearby Britannia Court building objected to the noise, both from music playing inside and people congregating outside.

Councilors approved the bar but with conditions controlling noise levels, which Mr O’Brien said would not exceed 45 decibels, and prohibiting patrons from using its back door except in emergencies.

The permission for the new bar follows the closure of the Council-run Tourist Information Center which previously occupied the premises in 2017.

East Riding councilors approved its conversion into a beauty salon the same year, but the plans were never followed through and it has stood empty ever since.

The application for The Garden says it would open from 7 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, and until 1:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

The candidates said they intended to open The Garden as an early morning cafe starting at 7 a.m. The company also applied for a license for the premises in order to be able to broadcast recorded and live music and organize dance performances.

There are also plans to host DJs and karaoke nights, with exchanges on two floors.

The committee heard that The Garden would have a capacity of 120 people, compared to the Apollo and GOAT bars, also in Prince Street, which can seat 400 and 500 people respectively.

Mr O’Brien said he understood the concerns of people living at Britannia Court and that efforts had been made to avoid it disturbing them as much as possible.

He added that noise-controlling restrictions in Prince Street, raised by those at Britannia Court, were in place to prevent noise after 11pm from apartments and not bars.

The consultant said:

“This building has been empty for five years, it is in a row of five stores, three of which are empty.

“This bar will breathe new life into a neighborhood that needs to be regenerated.

“The three main objectives of the license are the enhancement of the local environment, the protection of the public and the growth of the economy, our application does these three things.

“We have two businessmen here, one 22 and the other 25, who are both responsible and want to get involved in their community.

“They have come together and invested thousands of pounds in this project, they take it seriously.

“Limiting noise levels to 45 decibels will protect people living at the back of the building.”

The bar is the latest to be licensed on Prince Street, close to Bridlington seafront.

Councilors cleared the conversion of the town’s former Marks & Spencer into a pub, restaurant and adult play centre, at a cost of £1.2million, in March 2021.

The former Dolphin Fish and Chips store on Prince Street and the adjoining McDonalds were cleared to become the GOAT Sports Bar in December 2020.

Objectors living at Britannia Court managed to get the bar to put plans for a roof terrace on hold for fear of noise.

Meanwhile, a former electronics store in Quay Road is also the subject of a request to be converted into a wine bar and bistro, which councilors have yet to hear.

The garden will need to submit a separate planning application and have it approved before it can open.

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