Plans for new micropub in Seaton town centre approved

PUBLISHED: 17:00 30 November 2017

Pint of beer.

Pint of beer.

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The new establishment, which applicant Gary Millar says should feel like a ‘small country pub’, will open at 34 Queen Street

Plans for a new micropub in Seaton’s town centre have been rubber stamped by the district council.

The new establishment, which applicant Gary Millar says should feel like a ‘small country pub’, will open at 34 Queen Street

The application, which was not objected to by Seaton Town Council, received 10 letters of support and eight of objection.

According to the Micropub Association, a micropub is ‘a small freehouse which listens to its customers, mainly serves cask ales, promotes conversation, shuns all forms of electronic entertainment and dabbles in traditional pub snacks’.

Mr Millar said the micropub would attract a ‘very different type of clientele’ than those who used to party at the former Grove nightclub in Seaton.

He added: “A micropub is intended to be a community pub catering for mainly real ale and cider drinkers… I will also offer a range of fine wines and organic teas.

“It is designed to be small, quiet and friendly where like-minded people can meet and enjoy a quiet drink and chat without music blaring in the background.”

Mr Millar said the micropub would offer no ‘irresponsible drinks promotions’ and premixed alcopops.

The establishment would also sell traditional pub food and snacks.

He added: “It should feel like a small country pub despite its town centre location, meaning it will be attractive to discerning customers who are sensible about drinking.”

Letters objecting to the idea suggested it would be ‘out of character’ with Queen Street, and that the increased noise and amount of ‘people urinating and possibly vomiting’ when leaving the establishment would have a ‘detrimental impact’ on the streets.

Locals were also concerned that when the Grove was in operation in Seaton, revellers would access Orchard car park via lanes and private footpaths late at night – prompting a spike in anti-social behaviour.

However, Mr Millar said the allegations that the micropub would lead to an increase in crime, public disorder, continuous loud music and parking problems are ‘completely unfounded and exaggerated’.

The application states the micropub will only trade in ‘busy periods’, with the sale of alcohol ceasing at 10.30pm, or 11pm at the latest.

Mr Millar will make no structural changes to the property and said as he is living in a flat above the pub, he has a ‘vested interest’ to make sure it does not ‘negatively affect’ local residents.

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