Harrogate garden centre hopes to open until 2am under new event plans

A Harrogate garden centre - which underwent a multi-million-pound makeover in 2021 - wants to extend its alcohol licence until 2am on weekends.

Crimple currently has permission to sell alcohol and have live music until 11.30pm. Following the Leeds Road-based garden centre's makeover, it now offers a food hall, café and space for weddings and other events.

However, in an application submitted to North Yorkshire Council, owner Graham Watson said a later licence would allow the business to provide an extended bar service at weddings and for bands to play later into the night.

Mr Watson wrote: "Whilst this will not be used in full at each event or frequently, we are now catering for weddings and other parties/celebrations and have started to be asked if we can extend our licence. It would give us some confidence to be able to tell our clients at the point of booking that we are able to offer a later bar service and the ability to play music/have a band later than 11.30pm.”

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Due to Crimple’s proximity to Pannal, the proposal has received an objection from Conservative councillor for Oatlands and Pannal, John Mann, who said noise from weddings would disturb residents living at All Saints Court in Pannal. He said:

“It is my belief that sound emanating from the premises already causes a nuisance and can be heard as far afield as the properties at All Saints Court.” Howard West, chair of Pannal & Burn Bridge Parish Council, also objected to the proposal on noise grounds. He said due to the topography of the Crimple Valley noise can travel easily across the area. Mr West said: "It would appear the Crimple Valley is an excellent conduit for sound, acting as a loud-hailer in certain conditions.”

A North Yorkshire Council environmental health officer said she has concerns about the proposals as there are “noise sensitive premises” close to the site. For mitigation, she recommended conditions are attached so that customers cannot use the rear terrace after 10pm, no loud speakers are put outside and that all windows and doors closed when entertainment is taking place.

The application will be decided by councillors on North Yorkshire Council’s sub-licencing committee in Harrogate on Thursday morning. The meeting will be streamed live on the council’s YouTube channel.

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