Brewdog pub slated to open on Durham’s Milburngate is ‘threatening’ for locals
Craft beer company Brewdog has been granted permission to sell alcohol in a new pub to be built on the site of a multi-million pound development.
The brewing company has applied for a license to serve alcohol in a pub surrounded by new hotels, cinemas, apartments, offices, bars and restaurants.
Brewdog plans to build a pub with an ‘alfresco dining’ terrace above the river and the cathedral.
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The company has requested permission to serve alcohol between 10 a.m. and midnight Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. on weekends and holidays.
The pub was believed to be the first license application for the development of Milburngate in Durham.
Brewdog plans to open next April with the launch of the development, which is currently under construction.
The Sidegate Residents’ Association objected to the hours at a meeting of the Durham County Council licensing subcommittee.
Robin Humphrey of the association said the noise of people leaving the pub could be amplified “almost like an amphitheater”.
He said: “Our properties, our gardens, look back at the development of Milburngate.
“We see extended hours… as a significant threat to our quality of life.
“We feel threatened – not by Brewdog, not at all – but by the extended clearance hours.
“It’s almost inevitable that people will come out of Brewdog and walk down Sidegate, or go down to the Raddison.
“We are very concerned that this will cause us to sleep deprived. “
He said that people were already out on the streets and that he had to stop having milk delivered because it had been stolen.
He added that there were concerns that license hours would become the norm for other outlets.
Residents’ association member Ian Horridge said: “I didn’t want the development to become a Durham version of Quayside, and I was assured that was not going to be the case.
“We’re there today… and the first building to receive (a license application) here is a pub.
“I think it will have a significant impact on our lifestyle, our quality of life, our sleep.”
Lawyer Felicity Tulloch, representing Brewdog, said: “It will be like a modern pub. This is not a night bar. It is not a nightclub.
“There is no such thing as regulated entertainment. Any music played is there to create an atmosphere.
She said Brewdog was a large expanding brand with around 65 UK locations, and this was their first in Durham.
“They are experienced operators. They almost always operate close to local residents and do so without any problems, ”Ms. Tulloch added.
“It just doesn’t attract trouble. They are well-kept and discreet premises when they open.
“We would say it’s a perfect place. It is fully enclosed at the back. You can’t see it from Sidegate. You certainly won’t be able to hear it. It faces the river.
“It doesn’t attract big groups. It is an older clientele. There are no promotions on drinks. It is designed to appeal to craft beer enthusiasts.
The Durham City Parish Council objected, but withdrew its objections after Brewdog addressed his concerns in a meeting and reduced license hours.
Brewdog’s request was accepted with conditions allowing contact with the parish council and the residents’ association.