A new micropub selling locally-sourced ale, cider and bar snacks is coming to Southwick after planning permission was granted last night.
Colin Warner is behind the plans to convert the former Co-op travel shop in Southwick Square into a bar for beer aficionados.
With a focus on largely locally sourced beverages and cold snacks, the family-run business will aim to attract a specialist market of predominantly older drinkers looking to sample a range of beers and ales.
The proposal was approved at a meeting of Adur District Council’s planning committee last night (Monday March 26).
Councillors heard how the lack of televisions, music, live football and high-strength spirits meant the pub was targeted more to “beer tasters” rather than a younger audience.
The application stated that the premises already had a license to remain open until 11.30pm every day.
But after local residents raised concerns about the impact this would have in terms of late-night noise, the committee agreed to restrict this to 10pm Monday to Thursday, 10.30pm on Saturday and Sunday, and 8pm on Sunday.
Councillors also requested that sound-proofing measures be taken before the premises opens to reduce the impact of noise on local residents.
The numbers of customers will also be limited to a maximum of 50.