A WEDDING venue has been given the go-ahead to sell alcohol and play music in a marquee which is currently operating without planning permission.
The Casa hotel and restaurant in Brighouse was given a premises licence by councillors despite objections from the police and council officers concerned about the noise and disturbance it would cause to nearby residents.
But Calderdale Council’s licensing committee said there was not enough evidence to refuse the application by owner Jack McDaid.
The business used to have a premises licence but because it was registered to a part of the company that was dissolved in February 2010, it has been operating without one.
Committee chairman Councillor Simon Young (Lab, Calder Valley) asked that the sound level be restricted and that the windows and doors remain closed. Notices should be displayed asking visitors at the hotel to leave quietly.
Mr McDaid’s solicitor said: “I find it strange that we have no evidence of complaints, no residents who have raised any complaints, the temporary events notices have gone through without objection and then when we try to regulate the position of the marquee there are so many objections from council officers.”
Mr McDaid was given planning permission in May 2009 to build a car park and conference centre to replace of the marquee, on the opposite side of the hotel in Elland Road.
A year later he was refused permission to keep the temporary marquee for 20 months and planning officers refused to consider a second application to retain it for nine months.
A planning application to retain the marquee for a further six months is still pending. A decision is expected at the end of October.