ERINA CAFE: “Noise and odour” concerns over new cafe opening
A new cafe on a busy road in Birmingham city centre has sparked fears over ‘noise and odour nuisance’ – with calls for a bid for an alcohol licence to be refused.
Erina Cafe, on Birchfield Road, is seeking a licence to permit the sale of alcohol until 11.30pm from Sunday to Thursday and 1.30am on Friday and Saturday, with the premises to remain open until midnight from Monday to Thursday and 2am Friday and Saturday.
Birchfield Road made the headlines last year when it was revealed that several of the businesses located there would be forced to move on, with the council issuing compulsory purchase orders for buildings ahead of the Commonwealth Games.
The site of Erina Cafe was not one of those purchased by the council – however it seems the owners may have a fight on their hands to get the licence they want.
“There are no specific and effective actions included in the application to address the public nuisance licensing objective,” an environmental officer wrote.
“The plan attached to the application does not indicate the location of toilets, does not show any equipment in the kitchen and has no indication of proposed smoking areas.
“The premises is located on a busy road but there is directly adjacent residential use and I am concerned that the grant of the licence would potentially result in noise nuisance to neighbouring residential properties due to noise breakout from the building, noise from the kitchen extraction system, noise from patrons accessing and egressing the premises and ancillary use of the external areas in conjunction with the licensed activity.
“There is also the risk of noise and odour nuisance from the cooking of food affecting the locality.
“This concern is based on the range of activities requested, the absence of any effective operating conditions, the building design and structure, the existing noise environment, the proximity of noise sensitive receptors and the request for operation until 1.30am.
“Given the location and proposed operation I have checked the current planning position and I can find no valid application for a change of use to a cafe and restaurant, indeed the established use appears to be general
“On the basis of the proximity of residential uses, the late requested hour and the absence of effective operating conditions I would recommend refusal of the application.
“I do not believe that this concern can be dealt with by the use of appropriate conditions and therefore object to the licence being granted.”
The application is set to be heard next Wednesday (March 31).
Words: Tom Dare, Local Democracy Reporter
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