A bid to open Saltaire’s Tramshed brasserie and bar for an extra 90 minutes every night has been rejected by Bradford planners due to fears it would create drunken noise and mayhem.

Ossett Brewery Taverns Company had applied to extend the Bingley Road venue’s opening hours to between 8am and 1.30am, but the change to its existing midnight licence was turned down after officer’s studied eight objections from residents and ward councillors.

Comments against the proposal included:

  • “there is already a very long and unresolved history of noise nuisance and other anti-social behaviour problems associated with the relatively late opening hours of these premises. These problems have been very difficult to police and almost impossible to resolve properly”
  • “this is a residential area which values peace and quiet at night”
  • “millions of pounds has been spent making the area into a nice pleasant place it will all be ruined by drunken acts of vandalism, fighting and anti-social behaviour”.

The last comment referred to the new block paving, street furniture and flower beds created as part of the recent Saltaire junction improvement scheme.

Shipley councillors Martin Love and Kevin Warnes had been contacted by residents.

“We supported local residents in this matter, although I would also say that the Tramshed has a right to be there and does a very good job – I enjoy going there for a pint myself,” said Coun Love (Green).

“But local people feel midnight is already late enough.”

In his report Bradford Council planning officer Peter Timbrell stated: “Given the location and size of the premises, the proposed extended opening hours would be likely to result in significant additional noise and disturbance at unsocial hours and would prolong the comings and goings of customers to and from the premises at unsocial hours in the early morning.

“This increased noise, disturbance and customer activity would be to the detriment of the amenity of occupants of nearby residential properties.”

The control of customers congregating outside the premises could not be adequately controlled by the imposition of planning conditions, Mr Timbrell added.