The Stanmer House tenant was granted a late-night liquor license despite opposition from neighbors.
The Grade I-listed Stanmer House in Stanmer Park can now sell alcohol for two additional hours from 11pm to 1am on Friday and Saturday nights after a panel of three councilors approved its request.
An additional half hour of “drinking time” was also added to the license, with the venue closing at 11:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 1:30 a.m. Friday through Saturday.
Stanmer House leaseholder KSD Support Services Limited has agreed to a police proposal that there should be a 11pm ‘hard end’ to music played outside before the panel hearing on Monday October 17.
The company has also agreed to submit a monthly log of events to Brighton and Hove City Council’s Licensing Department and the Police Licensing Team, with updates for any events booked at short notice.
Two Stanmer villagers opposed KSD’s request to change the venue’s license – as did Labor Councilor Jackie O’Quinn, who chairs the Brighton and Hove Estates Conservation Trust.
They were concerned about late night noise coming from the venue.
In its decision, the panel – councilors Kate Knight, Anne Pissaridou and Dee Simson – said: “The panel accepts that residents’ concerns about the potential for nighttime noise, particularly music in the garden, are well founded.
“However, the condition prohibiting DJs or live music in the garden after 11 p.m. should ensure that any noise pollution is regulated.
“He is also pleased that there have been complaints about the noise.
“Such complaints are best dealt with in the first instance by direct contact with the licensee, and to this end the committee is pleased to note that the applicant has proposed a condition requiring that a contact number be provided to residents for contact the service manager. , and hold regular liaison meetings.
“Meaningful liaison with residents is essential to ensure that plaintiff’s company is not permitted to unreasonably interfere with the residents’ enjoyment of their home.”
The new terms will also allow people attending events on the site to stand with their drinks, which was prohibited under the previous license.
The place can now open from 8 a.m. and sell alcohol from 9:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. on weekends and from 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays.