RESIDENTS have protested that plans to extend drinking hours and live music at a village pub to 1.30am in the morning would make life intolerable for local people.

Over 90 objections were made to plans by the landlord of the Three Tuns Inn in Osmotherley, Ashley Gavin, to extend the opening hours seven days a week, with live music and dance.

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In the face of concerns by residents and environmental health Mr Gavin has asked to change the license application and agreed to restrict outdoors drinking to 10.30pm while withdrawing the live music and dance elements of the license application.

Hambleton District Council's licensing panel meets tomorrow at Stonecross in Northallerton to consider the representations and decide on the license application.

In a report to the committee officers say there have been 94 representations made to the original application.

One resident said: "The Three Tuns is a small pub/restaurant surrounded by residential houses in a quite village.

"It's unnecessary for it to be open until 1.30am even on a weekend. Noise from customers and live music would be intolerable especially for those living adjacent and opposite."

Another resident protested: "If the license was granted until 1.30am the Three Tuns could change from a cosy village put with restaurant and rooms into a drinking and music destination which is already provided in our nearest town.

"This would affect the safe environment feeling this village has always enjoyed and is one of the reasons a lot of residents, particularly the vulnerable and elderly ones, chose to live here rather than in a town or city centre."

Anita Huntsman Senior Licensing Officer said: "Having spoken to the applicant he has advised that the business will continue to be run as a restaurant and letting rooms.

"Letting rooms are provided above the premises and Moon House the property to the right has the provision to accommodate 30 guests.

"These rooms represent some of the closest noise sensitive premises that would be directly impacted.

"The provision of extended alcohol and refreshments is to cater for guests using the lettings in a similar way to a hotel.

"The applicant has advised that the provision requested would be used for the occasional party for example a staff Christmas party or weddings, New Year’s Eve but would allow increased flexibility.

"Having frequent use would have a negative impact of the businesses’ letting provision."

Environmental Health officers had recommended that drinking and eating in the rear beer garden should be restricted to 10am to 10pm and the front seated area should not be used by customers after 10.30pm.

They also recommended that live music and recorded music should be played indoors only until up to midnight and that all windows and doors should be kept closed during all live music entertainment.

Ms Huntsman said the applicant had now contacted the licensing team to withdraw all forms of regulated entertainment from the scope of his application in order to alleviate the concerns of the interested parties.

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