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Objections For Cafe Plans At Whitby Hotel

Objections For Cafe Plans At Whitby Hotel

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Carl Gavaghan at 1:40pm 29th October 2019.

Objections from the police and the public could scupper plans to transform Whitby’s former council offices into a hotel that serves alcohol in its bar.

Zoe and Andrew Cottier bought the old Scarborough Council offices in Skinner Street with designs on turning it into destination accommodation.

Earlier this year Scarborough Council granted the pair planning permission to paint the building gold and black and call the hotel “the Jet Black Jewel” in reference to the gemstone made famous in Whitby.

The building will have nine rooms over three floors and the ground floor will be a café/bar serving local drinks and produce.

The pair lodged a premises licence application to allow the hotel’s café to be open from 8am until 6pm seven days a week and serve alcohol from noon until 6pm. Recorded music would also be played at the premises.

The application states:

“The premises shall operate as a small hotel with café area and not a bar or vertical drinking establishment.”

Following a consultation North Yorkshire Police and members of the pubic lodged objections, meaning that Scarborough Council’s licensing sub-committee will now meet on Tuesday November 5 to decide whether to approve the application.

A report prepared for the committee notes that the police will withdraw its objection if the applicants agree to a number of conditions, including the use of CCTV, keeping a refusal register and operating a challenge 25 policy.

The report adds that the public objections are based around the disruption the café could have on a nearby church.

It adds:

“[The objections raise] concerns regarding potential disruptive effect on the neighbouring property causing music to be heard within the church, nuisance and the safety of adults and children using the neighbouring property.”

The options open to the committee include granting the application as requested, amending the plans or refusing them.

Scarborough Council sold the four-storey building to the couple last year after being unable to secure a long-term tenant to take over the property.


There is 1 comment on this page.

Fileyman, on 30th October 2019 7:44am
Get the cctv installed and agree to the other police requests.

And SBC get your act together and the moaners need to get a life.

It's a hotel that wants a cafe/bar.

Look at the opening times, it's not 24hrs licence or late night.

We are close to 2020 and some people need to get out from the 1940s or Whitby is going to die.

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