Booths Hall premises licence opposed in Knutsford | Knutsford Times

Booths Hall licence opposed in Knutsford

By on April 6, 2019

Bruntwood has offered its reassurances to neighbours that it is seeking a licence purely for a one-day family festival at Booths Park for Bruntwood employees.

The company offered the reassurance following concern from neighbours over an application by Bruntwood to obtain a premises licence for Booths Park off Chelford Road.

Bruntwood have applied to Cheshire East Council to allow the sale of alcohol and provision of regulated entertainment between 8am and 11pm every day at Booths Park, off Chelford Road.

Nearby residents are seeking support from their neighbours to oppose the bid, led by Michele Hammond, who lives in South Downs, and her neighbours.

The application would allow the sale of alcohol and provision of regulated entertainment between 8am and 11pm every day, as well as the provision of late-night refreshment between 11pm and midnight. The premises would be open and accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but licensable activities would take place only during the specified hours.

Michele said: “As local neighbours of Booths Hall, Booths Park and Bruntwood we are objecting to the premises licence application. We are concerned about the potential for noise, litter, drunken behaviour and disturbance of the peace of our tranquil countryside setting. I am also concerned about the harm and stress it would cause to the animals on the Bruntwood, Booths Hall farm. The application for a 24/7 licence strikes me as very greedy. We all know that Glastonbury only takes place once a year so that the lives of local residents can carry on. There is also a lack of detail, we need clarification of the purpose of the licence, and two events twice a year on a Saturday would seem reasonable and sufficient. There are about 300 houses nearby, and Booths Hall is only about a five-minute walk from my house.”


Andrew Cooke, Bruntwood regional director, said: “We would like to reassure our neighbours at Booths Park that Bruntwood has only applied for a licence for a one-day family festival at Booths Park for Bruntwood employees. This will be a family-friendly celebration to enable our teams from across the business to spend some time together in a scenic location.

“The event will end at 11pm and transport will be provided to ensure staff get home quickly and safely and minimise any disturbance. We are also working closely with our neighbours at Booths Park Farm to ensure animals are moved to another field to ensure they are undisturbed during the event. Bruntwood would like to offer our assurances that it will be responsibly managed and our neighbours’ wellbeing will be paramount throughout.”

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