Kettering pub makes new licence bid

The Earl of Dalkeith, Kettering
The Earl of Dalkeith, Kettering

A Kettering pub which wanted to serve drinkers at an outdoor bar only to withdraw plans at the 11th hour has returned with fresh proposals.

The Earl of Dalkeith, in Dalkeith Place, Kettering, submitted the scheme late last year alongside a planning application.

The pub, owned by national chain JD Wetherspoon, wants to convert its existing car park and outbuildings into an external seating area which will have its own outside bar.

The planning application element of the scheme is due to be considered by Kettering Council’s planning committee at a meeting tonight and has already been recommended for approval by planning officers.

Neighbours living in two nearby properties have objected to the planning application on the grounds that the outdoor bar would create additional noise.

The pub also submitted a separate licensing application last month, seeking permission to sell alcohol at the external bar.

However, both Kettering Council’s environmental health team and Northamptonshire Police objected to the proposals.

At the time, the police said they did not believe the pub employed enough door staff in the evenings and that people banned from other town premises by the Pubwatch scheme, of which the Earl of Dalkeith is a member, had been seen drinking at the venue.

Kettering Council said it had concerns because there were residential properties very close to the proposed new bar area.

As a result of the objections, JD Wetherspoon withdrew its plans.

However, a fresh licensing application has now been submitted.

A spokesman for Wetherspoon said: “We are pleased however that we have reached agreement with Northamptonshire Police, who are now happy with our plans.”