A licensing committee has approved plans for a pub, described by its applicant as for ‘middle class, middle aged’ real ale drinkers.
St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s licensing committee backed the application for Oakes Barn in St Andrews Street South, Bury St Edmunds, at a meeting on yesterday (21).
The application had prompted a string of objections from nearby residents saying there were already eniough pubs and that it would add to issues of anti-social behaviour, noise and disturbance.
Susan Wilde, the applicant behind the new pub told the Bury Free Press last week she had some sympathy with the residents, but was looking to create a different type of pub, which she believed would not add to the problems residents were already experiencing.
She said she wanted the pub to be a community hub while James Oakes was an historical figure in Bury – part of the building used to be his stables – and she hoped that this may also appeal to tourists.
“We want Oakes Barn to add to the community not take away from it,” she said.