Historic venue wants new licence

Kentwell Hall in Long Melford ANL-150305-164713009
Kentwell Hall in Long Melford ANL-150305-164713009

Long Melford’s Kentwell Hall has applied to Babergh District Council for a new premises licence selling alcohol.

The historic hall and rare breeds farm opens to the public for house and farm tours, historical re-creations, wedding functions and its annual halloween event, Scaresville.

The venue already has a premises licence with no alcohol permission and uses temporary event notices to supplement permission required.

But the council’s licensing sub-committee was told the new licence “seeks to consolidate regular events and activities, and alter existing permissions to include alcohol sales and late night refreshment, and to expand regulated entertainment.” The committee decides on September 14.

After complaints from nearby residents, the application was amended restricting playing music outdoors after 11pm.