Casa’s marquee bid rejected by planners

The Casa pub in Elland Road, Brighouse
The Casa pub in Elland Road, Brighouse

Councillors have refused to grant planning permission for six months at a popular business.

Despite no complaints being received by residents and a letter of support from Councillor Scott Benton (Con, Brighouse), having the marquee at the Casa in Elland Road, Brighouse, has been refused, a decision some councillors fear will put jobs at risk.

The decision was split evenly, three councillors for and three against but the final decision was taken by chairman Councillor Steve Sweeney, who voted against the application.

The committee heard that Environment Health, who were opposed to the application, had been involved with the business since September 2004 about the level of noise.

Between May 2011 and January this year there had been ten complaints from three residents. But since January there have been no complaints.

They were also told that as part of the requirements of being granted their premises licence last month to sell alcohol and play music, owner Jack McDaid had bought specific equipment for the marquee and noise limitations had been put on to limit the sound to 80 decimals.

Both parties said they were happy with the level it had been set at only last week.

Mr McDaid’s agent, Roger Lee, said having the marquee was critical to expanding the business and building the £2 million extension, which is being funded by Mr McDaid. “The constructors are on site and there is a very genuine and clear intention to construct the extension,” he said.

Councillor David Hardy said: “It is a local business that is bucking the trend, as one would say, against the economic climate that we have today.

“Everyone knows what savings everyone is having to make.

“I think that asking for a six month extension I would be asking if six months is long enough for him to do what he has to do.

“You take that building away and this business is not as sustainable as it would be. So in my opinion let them get on with it and let them get the extension built.”

Councillor Martin Peel and Councillor Martin Burton both agreed. Coun Burton said he didn’t want to affect the future of the business and voted to permit the application.

Councillor Chris Pillai said he had grave concerns and voted against the application as did Councillors Steve Sweeney and Stephen Baines.

Speaking after the meeting manager Sam Holmes said: “It is a set back and isn’t what we wanted. We are working closely with the council to resolve it. We are not here to do bad things we are here to grow a business.”

Roger Lee, on behalf of Mr McDaid, said the business had been developed from very little. “He took over ten years ago and it was a bit of a down trodden business. He has built it up into providing a lot more than what it has done in the past and has been very successful.

“The marquee is very much key to the income the hotel generates because of the weddings, receptions and other charity events that people book it for.”