Lartington Hall granted drinks and music licence

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council’s statutory licensing sub-committee approved an application for a premises licence for Lartington Hall Durham County Council’s statutory licensing sub-committee approved an application for a premises licence for Lartington Hall

A COUPLE who have lovingly restored a country hall to its former glory are delighted their application for a premises licence has been approved by councillors.

Today (Tuesday, January 7), Durham County Council’s statutory licensing sub-committee gave John and Shona Wilkes the green light to serve alcohol at Lartington Hall, near Barnard Castle, from 11am to midnight, Monday to Sunday.

The decision will allow the couple to continue hosting weddings and other exclusive events at the grade II* listed building.

However, the decision was not welcomed by everyone attending the meeting at County Hall in Durham - with one Lartington resident indicating he may appeal against it.

The licence permits the hosting of live music indoors, Monday to Sunday, from noon to midnight; live acoustic music outdoors, Monday to Sunday, from noon to 6pm; the playing of recorded music indoors, Monday to Sunday, from 9am to1am; the performance of dancing, from Monday to Sunday, from noon to midnight, indoors, but noon to 6pm, outdoors; and serve late night refreshments, indoors, Monday to Sunday, from 11pm to midnight.

The committee heard how the licensing department had received three letters of support from people living nearby, along with four letters of objection.

Paul Foster-Jones, who lives 360 metres from the hall, expressed concerns about noise and light pollution caused by guests leaving late at night.

Fears were also voiced that outdoor music could disturb the tranquility of the rural setting.

“In situations like this friends and neighbours end up taking sides,” said Mr Forster-Jones. “This licensing application has caused battle lines within the community.”

Mrs Wilkes told the committee that of the 25 events held under a temporary license, only one complaint had been received about an amplified singer in the gardens.

She said, as a result of that, the couple now only intend to stage acoustic outdoor performances in a more secluded location.

Mature trees will also be planted to shield neighbouring properties from traffic noise and headlamps.

Mr and Mrs Wilkes bought Lartington Hall in 2010 and completed the first phase of its refurbished last year at a cost of between £800,000 and £1m.

The couple hopes the income from events will help to cover annual maintenance costs of around £150,000, as well as fund the restoration of the hall’s chapel and servants’ quarters.

Mrs Wilkes said: “We have taken everyone’s views into consideration along the way and are thrilled and relieved by the decision.

“We have worked very hard with licensing and all the responsible bodies for over a year now and it is wonderful to get the outcome we wanted.”

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9:39pm Tue 7 Jan 14

OldBiddyFrom Barney says...

I am very pleased about this they are a hard working couple who will be providing employment for local people.

Lartington like all the Teesdale villages can't just be there for the benefit of the wealthy retired the villages need to be allowed to live to breath to grow,
I am very pleased about this they are a hard working couple who will be providing employment for local people. Lartington like all the Teesdale villages can't just be there for the benefit of the wealthy retired the villages need to be allowed to live to breath to grow, OldBiddyFrom Barney

8:38am Wed 8 Jan 14

Jackaranda says...

OldBiddyFrom Barney wrote:
I am very pleased about this they are a hard working couple who will be providing employment for local people.

Lartington like all the Teesdale villages can't just be there for the benefit of the wealthy retired the villages need to be allowed to live to breath to grow,
Don't wish too much, you may end up with a campsite full of inbred diddycoys,
They'll definitely bring life to your villages!!
[quote][p][bold]OldBiddyFrom Barney[/bold] wrote: I am very pleased about this they are a hard working couple who will be providing employment for local people. Lartington like all the Teesdale villages can't just be there for the benefit of the wealthy retired the villages need to be allowed to live to breath to grow,[/p][/quote]Don't wish too much, you may end up with a campsite full of inbred diddycoys, They'll definitely bring life to your villages!! Jackaranda

1:07pm Wed 8 Jan 14

OldBiddyFrom Barney says...

Jackara

Sorry to disappoint you but I have no fear of gypsys, travellers or so you charmingly put it diddycoys grow up a bit people are people. If you treat people any human person normally they generally respond in a normal fashion what are you so frightened of? You need to stop watching channel 4 in the unlikely event of Traveller Invasion you can always hide in your shed!

If you weren't so ignorant you would know Teesdale has always had a large number of Romany and Romany heritage people the vast majority of who are hard working steady family people.
Jackara Sorry to disappoint you but I have no fear of gypsys, travellers or so you charmingly put it diddycoys grow up a bit people are people. If you treat people any human person normally they generally respond in a normal fashion what are you so frightened of? You need to stop watching channel 4 in the unlikely event of Traveller Invasion you can always hide in your shed! If you weren't so ignorant you would know Teesdale has always had a large number of Romany and Romany heritage people the vast majority of who are hard working steady family people. OldBiddyFrom Barney

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