14:52 Wednesday 04 December 2013

Licence application for care facility is rejected

Written byMARK MCKAY

AN application to extent the licensing hours of an extra-care facility for the elderly has been rejected.

Members of South Derbyshire District Council’s licensing and appeals sub-committee refused to allow Oakland Village, in Hill Farm Road, Swadlincote, to extend the hours it could sell alcohol, play live and recorded music, and show films.

It was hoped the application would allow the facility’s residents to take part in theatre productions, such as a Christmas pantomime, and film nights.

But according to the decision notice from the sub-committee, chaired by Councillor Michael Stanton, the extension could have led to ‘public disorder’.

It said: “The sub-committee had regard to the location and character of the premises, at the heart of a purpose-built retirement village and care home, set within a complex of sheltered bungalows.

“It considered that the extension of hours requested by the applicants would allow functions and activities that would result in public disorder and public nuisance to take place within very close proximity to residents’ apartments.

“The sub-committee therefore considered that it would not be appropriate to grant the extension of hours requested.”

A proposal from Trident Reach the People Charity, the organisation behind the application, to limit the application to Fridays and Saturdays was not accepted.

Mr Stanton said: “It’s an old people’s retirement home so I think extra care has to be taken.

“It’s not like licensing a pub, it’s their home.”

Consideration of the licensing objectives and objections from nearby residents, which included two petitions, were taken into account before the decision was made.

Mark Taylor, commercial business manager at the care facility, told the Mail an appeal would not be made against the decision.

He said: “We are disappointed but we accept the decision. So at the end of the day we just move on and keep smiling.”

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