Helping Amber Taverns create thriving community pubs

Project overview

Client: Amber Taverns
Location: Rochdale and Bridlington
Sector: Commercial and Industrial
Project status: Complete

Working with one of the UK’s fastest growing pub companies, we helped secure planning permission for new community pubs that brought two disused buildings back to life.

What we did

In Rochdale we worked closely with the client and the project architect to prepare and submit a planning application, including a listed building consent, to convert a former bank building into a new public house named Hogarths.

One of the main objectives was to reassure the council planning team about the impact of alterations on the listed building and the formation of a beer garden to the rear. We helped to guide the design alterations and where possible, push back on some of the more unreasonable requests from the council.

In Bridlington, our client wanted to convert a former Marks and Spencer store into a new pub – the Three Brass Monkeys. Here, the challenges arose from neighbour concerns about noise from the public house, including the roof terrace.

We obtained a noise survey which was able to comprehensively address this. Objections were also received regarding the loss of retail. However, we were able to show the proposals were aligned with the council’s adopted policies which encouraged the promotion of pub and other leisure uses.

Our team helped guide both projects through the determination process, with attendance at the local authority planning committee meeting to secure approval.

What our client said

“PWA Planning have assisted us on numerous projects with excellent results. They provide a seamless professional but friendly service, with excellent communication throughout what can be a complicated process. Their knowledge of the planning system is faultless and I cannot recommend them highly enough.”

Sam Frankland, Amber Taverns

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