A number of neighbours living close to the exclusive Holm House Hotel in Marine Parade, Penarth lodged objections to a proposal to set up an outdoor bar in the grounds of the hotel.
A company called Hayton Leisure Ltd has applied to the Vale of Glamorgan Council for a variation in the hotel’s licence to operate an outdoor bar 7 days a week in the garden of the premises up until midnight each night. The outdoor bar will be in addition to the hotel’s existing indoor bar.
Hayton Leisure is a company 75% owned by the Equorium Property Company Ltd which was previously known as EWM (Edinburgh Woollen Mill) Property Ltd – the firm which also owns the three classic mansions in Penarth – Ashdene Manor, Normandy and Gardenhurst.
Seven local residents had written to the council spelling out their objections to the Holm House garden-bar licence application.
One objector strongly objected on behalf of herself and her elderly mother that Holm House “although a welcome addition to the area has unfortunately created high levels of noise, disruption and distress” . She said “It has become all too frequently for guests at Holm House events to disregard local residents” …an external bar “would only exacerbate the situation”
Another objector said “This will create agreat deal of noise especially at night-time including the probability of the inebriated breaking into song”
A third local resident said “I’ve spent thousands of pounds increasing the height of my boundary wall ” in an attempt to reduce noise and says that entertainers “have set up their amplifiers on the hotel patio for the purpose of entertaining patrons drinking in the garden“. He alleged the “management have no care for the peace and comfort of their neighbours”
Another wrote “should a bar area be set up in the garden, accessible from the Cliff Walk side of Holm House, the premises would become more of a pub venue rather than the restaurant/hotel it is at present “
However a report by the Environmental Health Officer, Sue Brown advised that should the licence be amended to allow the garden bar to be set up, the bar and garden area should not be open before 10:00 and not be open after 23:00 (rather than closing at midnight as proposed).
The application was approved subject to the officer’s recommendation that the bar closes at 23:00 rather than midnight as originally proposed.