Police concerns about pub’s outdoor drinking plans

POLICE are objecting to a Sheffield pub’s plans for an outdoor smoking and drinking area.

The Yew Tree, on Loxley New Road, Loxley, is applying to Sheffield Council’s licensing board for permission to open the facility at the front of the building.

But Lucy Adams, of South Yorkshire Police’s licensing department, has sent an objection on behalf of the Chief Constable.

She said: “The grounds are on based on prevention of crime and disorder.

“We have concerns regarding the proposed outside smoking and drinking area at the front of the premises.

“We have already received a number of noise complaints regarding the premises and I would consider that this proposal is likely to give rise to public nuisance.

“The front of the premises is situated on a very busy road and there is little room for customers to utilise the area to the front of the premises safely.

“The premises already benefits from a large outside seating and smoking area to the rear and we do not feel an additional area is necessary.”

A further objection to the application by the pub’s owners, Burton-on-Trent based Punch Taverns, has been made by Neal Pates, environmental protection officer at Sheffield Council. He is unhappy that the pub also wants to remove a condition on its licence to keep windows closed to prevent noise nuisance for neighbours.

He said: “The Yew Tree is in a residential area and has a number of properties in close proximity.

“We have received a number of complaints regarding noise from the premises recently.

“I have an agreement with the current premises supervisor to keep windows closed and doors whenever entertainment is taking place.”

The council’s licensing board will consider the Yew Tree’s application at a meeting on Thursday.

The pub is not seeking permission to alter its hours of business.

It currently opens until 12.30am Sundays to Thursdays and until 1.30am on Fridays and Saturdays.