One week left for residents to have their say on new bar in Scarborough town centre

Residents who want to have their say on a proposed new bar in Scarborough town centre have just one week left to do so.

By Carl Gavaghan, Local Democracy Reporting Service
Tuesday, 18th February 2020, 1:11 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th February 2020, 1:13 pm

Craft Bar is set to open in what is currently a charity shop at 7 Northway, opposite the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

Katrice Rowe was granted planning permission last year by the council after its planning officers concluded that it would have no “significant adverse impact” on people living nearby.

Miss Rowe has now applied for a premises licence which would allow her to sell alcohol.

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The existing store at 7 Northway. Picture: Google

In her application, Miss Rowe states that the bar would be open from 11am until midnight seven days a week, with alcohol sold until 11.30pm.

She is also seeking permission to have both live and recorded music in the venue.

The plan is now out to consultation; no opening date for the pub has been revealed at this stage.

During the planning process, Miss Rowe laid out why the town needed a new micro pub.

Her application added: “Economically, the larger, Wetherspoon’s type model, is the most successful form of licensed establishment and this has been disastrous for traditional local public houses, who cannot compete on sale or purchase prices.

“The social drinkers displaced by the loss of good public houses have also lost their identity as a local community.

“Small premises can be successful, by specialising in offering products from smaller, craft-based suppliers and appealing on the basis of taste and interest, rather than price.

“Socially, creating a following of regulars will to some extent restore their local identity.

“The site location has potential as a meeting place for theatre-goers and rail travellers.”

The pub will sell craft beers, lagers, ciders and spirits with an emphasis on “small breweries and distilleries, where the principle is based on the real ale ethic, endorsed by a discerning clientele”.

To view the premises licence application visit www.scarborough.gov.uk/craft-bar-notice-application.

The closing date for representations is Tuesday February 25.