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Donisthorpe pub's plan to build beer garden would 'infringe neighbour's human rights'

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 28, 2014

By Rich Guttridge

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A PUB'S plan to build a new beer garden and play area would infringe the human rights of a neighbour living nearby, it has been claimed.

A homeowner living close to the Halfway House, in Donisthorpe, has launched a solo protest, calling on planning chiefs to stop people from being able to drink outside, saying it would impact on her quality of life.

The pub's owners have already received planning permission to build out towards neighbouring homes, leading to concerns about noise and drinking from one resident.

Fears have also been expressed about the possibility of punters urinating near homes due to the limited toilet facilities on offer.

North West Leicestershire District Council is now set to decide whether alcohol can be served outside.

In her letter of objection to the authority, Niki Whitehouse said she had a right to respect for her home and private life and was "entitled to peaceful enjoyment of (her) possessions".

The concerns have been laughed off by landlord Peter Riley, who was adamant the claims were "nonsense".

He said that, aside from the one objection, his plan had received unanimous backing in Donisthorpe.

Mr Riley said: "We have had a lot of support, it is just one neighbour. It is a load of nonsense. We will be putting up acoustic fencing, so she will have more privacy than she has got now."

He also hit out at suggestions that drinkers could urinate near homes, saying the venue had regularly hosted large-scale events and never had any problems.

He added: "There is nothing in the village for children and we are spending in excess of £100,000 on facilities."

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  • Richard72  |  July 29 2014, 8:03AM

    There are 2 sides to every story ! Funny that this person is getting very vocal now as they are looking to sell a plot of land next door to the pub. the pub was there long before these people moved in, surely if you do not want any disturbance from noise you DON'T buy a house on a main road, with a bus stop outside next to a pub !!! The pub does loads for the village, from free OAP lunches to local charity quiz nights, the Landlord supports all village activities including fun days, village newspaper, Christmas event for kids etc etc. The space at the rear of the pub in question is already used for a number of events on throughout the year so not really sure why this person is complaining.

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  • Harvey42  |  July 28 2014, 9:06PM

    I think the Halfway House should be applauded & have the village's support for what they are doing for this community.

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  • Harvey42  |  July 28 2014, 9:00PM

    I fully support the halfway house in there latest venture as i resident of donisthorpe this pub as put on many events without any issues and is a assett to the community think the complainent needs to get a hobby

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