CONCERNS have been raised over plans to grant a public entertainment licence to a Stockton pub.

An application for the licence has been submitted to Stockton Borough Council's licensing committee, which meets today, by Kay Donachie, from The Hop Merchant, in Church Road.

She would like to have music and singing in the bar from 7.30pm to 11.30pm, Thursday to Saturday, and 3pm to 6pm on Sundays.

An objection has been received from the Jomast Group, which has recently built seven flats next to the pub for students at Durham University's Queen's Campus.

Nigel Fick, from the company, said: "The Jomast Group wishes to object strongly to the public entertainment licence. These flats have now been fully let to a total of 20 students.

"Many of the windows of the flats overlook the public house, and the application for the public entertainment licence is wholly inappropriate."

No objections have been received from the police or fire brigade.

The council's environmental health manager also has no objection, subject to all doors and windows being closed while entertainment is taking place.