Hanse House owner could appeal against West Norfolk licensing decision

Hanse House in King's Lynn today. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Hanse House in King's Lynn today. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The owner of the Hanse House in King's Lynn is considering appealing after he lost his licence to play music after 11pm outside and in a function room, following a review.

James Lee is worried the decision by West Norfolk Council's licensing sub-committee will affect sales at his eating and drinking business, which is popular with customers on Friday and Saturday nights when music was previously played until midnight in the courtyard and beer garden outside the Rathskeller and in the function room at wedding receptions.

The premises application review took place on Wednesday following complaints from neighbour Karen Watling and others that too much noise was coming from the venue. She said it was keeping her awake after 11pm at night.

Mr Lee said at the hearing that he had taken measures to mitigate any problems that noise may cause, and added that any change to the licence could harm the business.

The borough council was unable to make a decision at the hearing, but yesterday, in its determination notice, ruled in the neighbours' favour.

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The notice stated that: 'The terminal hour for any live or amplified music outside shall be reduced to 11pm on a Friday and Saturday'.

Mr Lee must also make sure that windows and doors are kept closed at all times during any event with live or amplified music.

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He said: 'I'm seeking clarification from the council about what it all means, but when I have got that, I will consider appealing.

'It obviously means that the function room we were granted planning permission for, as a wedding reception, won't be as popular, because we cannot to play music there after 11pm. I'm disappointed as it has blighted our business. I don't think we should have lost it.'

Ms Watling did not wish to comment.

Are you in dispute with your local council over a licensing decision? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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