A FORMER coal yard office could make history by becoming Burton’s first micropub.
Andrew Sharpe, of Willington, is applying to East Staffordshire Borough Council’s planning department for permission to turn a former office at the Grade II Midland Grain Warehouse, in Derby Street, into a community based micropub.
It comes after plans to introduce a micropub into High Street, Tutbury, were met with opposition from a nearby retirement complex over noise issues, but was later passed.
A design statement submitted on behalf of Mr Sharpe disputes allegations of noise nuisance, saying: “The aim and ethos of a micropub is to provide an environment where customers can enjoy a quiet drink in convivial surroundings,
“Primarily the emphasis is on a traditional setting free from distractions of music, television and gaming machines in order to promote conversation and develop a local community often missing from modern larger alcohol sales outlets.”
Several interior and exterior alterations will be made, including the installation of a kitchen and bar area.
Mr Sharpe added: “The proposed interior decoration and furnishings will be sympathetic to the design and history of the building and will draw strongly on its railway connections.
“It will be necessary to provide cool storage for the beers and ciders that will be offered for sale as these will be of the real variety which offer a taste experience that mass produced factory beers cannot by virtue of the fact that they are living products.
“It is intended that a small servery area is provided, with drinks dispense being either straight from the cask or via handpumps.”
The micropub will sell real ales and soft drinks as well as locally prepared food. By definition spirits, alcopops, shots, pitchers, and mass produced keg beers and lagers will not be provided.
The Midland Grain Warehouse is also home to a Travelodge hotel which opened last year, giving the building a new lease of life four years after the borough council moved out.