Uproar over Lavenham wine bar

Residents of a medieval village claim they have been deceived over plans for a new wine bar, which they believe will be more like a nightclub.

A number of homeowners in Lavenham have hit out after it emerged proposals for a premises licence for a bistro in Lady Street included the playing of music late into the night.

The new bar, At Number 10, is to be housed in a Grade-I listed building which is currently being refurbished.

Managers Roderick Benson and Joanna Knight have applied for a licence to serve alcohol from 10am until 11pm from Sunday to Thursday and an hour later on Friday and Saturday.

Nigel Evans, from Lady Street, said: “It appears that number 10 is to become a bar or club with all-day licensing.

“This will inevitably lead to disturbance for neighbours as customers leave the premises late at night.

“If the activities are extended into the courtyard of the building, the likely noise and smoke nuisance will be exacerbated and the situation may well become intolerable.”

Joy Baker, from nearby Water Street, said the application – due to go before Babergh District Council on June 21 – had cast a different light on the plans for the wine bar which would have a detrimental impact on established businesses.

Tim Pitt, who runs The Priory bed and breakfast, said the “ultimate plan” for the wine bar had not been made clear when permission was approved in February.

“This suggests the ambition to provide live music up to 11pm, possibly seven days a week,” he said.

“This is totally inappropriate for the position of the business in relation to nearby properties. Should a premises licence be granted when this could end up as a nightclub masquerading as a wine bar?”

Mr Benson said there was no set date for when the bistro would be opening. He declined to comment on the licensing application.