Controversial plan to open pub and brewery at Doncaster's Cusworth Hall is approved

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A controversial plan to open a pub and brewery at a historic Doncaster stately home has been approved despite objections.

Applicant Doncaster Catering, Conferencing and Events (DCCE), will be opening a site at Cusworth Hall brewing and selling premium craft beer.

The pub could be operating as soon as October.

The plans received a raft of objections and members on Doncaster Council's licensing committee heard from many Cusworth residents at a meeting on Wednesday.

In documents submitted to the council, resident Cusworth Marc Halbeisen said the pub would bring 'evil' and 'drunken vandalism' to the village.

Objectors at the meeting spoke about the current situation with people drinking alcohol in the park grounds, drug taking, anti-social behaviour, illicit sexual activity and the 'horrendous' parking conditions within the village.

Sprotbrough ward councillor Cynthia Ransome, who represents Cusworth, also spoke at the meeting.

She said: "Cusworth Hall is a family park for dog walkers, joggers, children, playing and picnics. That's what it is intended for - It is not a town centre commercial facility, nor does it need to be. It is a stately home and country park for our residents to enjoy.

"The gates and the car park are closed early to deter anti-social behaviour, boy racers, drug taking, sexual activity and littering.

"Cusworth is a conservation village - they have a right to a peaceful environment."

Councillor Cynthia Ransome spoke out against the plans

Councillor Cynthia Ransome spoke out against the plans

But after lengthy deliberations, licensing chair, Coun Ken Keegan said the the current issues in Cusworth Park are 'not linked' to the plans and the applicant had 'no control' with people bringing alcohol into the ground to consume.

Sales will be only limited to those brewed on site and sold in sealed containers. Noise emitting from the brew house should not affect nearby residential properties.

"The applicants have made clear they only wish to sell their own brewed products in takeaway containers and they do not intend the premises to be an off-licence selling all types of alcohol," Coun Keegan said.

"The committee believes the application together with the conditions imposed will meet the licensing objectives.

"I would suggest to the objectors, work with the applicant any problems you have with noise from the property try and overcome it - I think it will be an asset to Cusworth Hall."

Michael Hart from Doncaster Catering, Conferencing and Events said: “We are pleased to have been granted a licence to open the micro brewery at Cusworth Hall.

“We understand the concerns raised by the Cusworth residents and we will work closely with them to address any concerns that are within our gift to do so.

“We now look forward to developing our plans to create a space, in fitting with Cusworth Hall, to welcome lovers of real ale.”

The application was decided by just four of the 14 councillors which make up the licensing sub-committee.

Councillors Ken Keegan, Steve Cox, Duncan Anderson and Martin Greenhalgh were present at the meeting.