Plans to transform former Cambridge Pizza Hut into bar and restaurant sparks concerns


Concerns have been raised over plans to open a bar and restaurant in a former Pizza Hut in Cambridge. A premises licence utility for Cuba Libre Restaurant and Bar is due to be talked about at a Cambridge City Council Licensing Sub-Committee subsequent week (Monday, June 20).

Located on Regent Street, on the nook of Parker’s Piece, the model new restaurant and bar is hoping to provide keep music as well as to late opening hours. However, the making use of has been objected to by police, city council’s environmental effectively being officer, and ward councillors, with specific concerns raised over noise and the late hours.

The restaurant and bar is proposed to have the choice to promote alcohol from 11am to 1am Sunday to Thursday, and from 11am to 3am on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Live music is proposed to be allowed from 6pm to 11pm on Wednesday, 6pm to midnight Thursday and Friday, 12noon to midnight on Saturday, and 12noon to 11pm on Sunday. Recorded music is requested to be allowed from 8am to 1am Sunday to Thursday and 8am to 3am on Friday and Saturday.

The restaurant has put forward numerous measures it plans to take to meet the licensing goals – the prevention of crime and dysfunction, public safety, prevention of public nuisance, and the security of youngsters from damage.

They said they’d put in CCTV and new outdoor lighting, together with that every one new workers will seemingly be expert on the licensing goals. Some of the other measures set out included utilizing licensed door workers, and changing into a member of a pub watch scheme.

The two models of double doorways had been highlighted by the applicant as providing “effective soundproofing”, together with that totally different soundproofing and sound limitation models will even be put in.

They moreover said they could create good relationships with corporations shut by and would assure there’s an “effective mechanism” for complaints to be “addressed promptly”.

‘Limitations of the setting up not been given due consideration’

Clare Metcalfe, licensing officer for Cambridgeshire Constabulary, submitted an objection to the plans, stating she did not contemplate the placement was the appropriate place for the enterprise proposed.

She said: “I am of the opinion, even with the addition of robust conditions, the location of this premises does not lend itself to being used to accommodate a licensed premises of this nature.

“I believe it would result in an additional negative impact on the neighbouring hotel residents and other residential properties in the late evening and early hours of the morning.

“I have safety concerns for users of the pavement/cycleway, which is located directly outside the main doors. As any congregation of customers, be it those queuing, smoking, and groups of people outside the premises particularly at dispersal time (which would be 3am at the weekends) will create a ‘bottle neck’ resulting in conflict with other users. This would potentially impact on public safety licensing objective.

“I do not believe due consideration has been given to the limitations of this building, with the applicant wishing ‘to make the building work’ for his intended business venue.

“He has made no allowances or given any consideration to the fact the premises is located within a Cumulative Impact Zone, and the impact his business proposal will have on the immediate surrounding area.”

The environmental effectively being supervisor on the metropolis council raised concerns that the late opening until 3am might set off “noise nuisance” to people residing shut by. They moreover questioned whether or not or not the proposals put forward by the applicant to administration the noise ranges may very well be environment friendly.

Councillor Katie Porrer and Councillor Tim Bick have every raised concerns over the plans as properly, along with the probability that the placement would prove to be a “music venue and bar” from 10.30pm inside the night time.

They said: “Whilst the applicant claims that the decibels can be controlled, this is not a building constructed as a music venue, and there is a big difference between a continuous noise level such as a fan unit, and the changing repetitive beats of music.

“We are not satisfied that this could be suitably controlled, particularly after 11pm when other noises would have reduced and when people expect to be able to sleep.”

Representations from completely totally different occasions will seemingly be heard on the Licensing Sub-Committee meeting subsequent week, following which a name on the making use of is predicted to be made.