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Restaurant faces closure after complaints about noise
11:00am Sunday 16th September 2012 in News
A POPULAR New Forest restaurant that opened without planning permission is facing closure after a spate of complaints about late-night noise.
Councillors rejected an application to continue using Anchor House in Lymington as an eatery, despite strong support from customers.
People living near by say they have had to put up with rowdy behaviour and the sound of car doors slamming as late as 11pm.
A report to the district council’s planning and development control committee said: “The establishment has been operating for a number of years as a bar/restaurant without planning permission and has already caused unnecessary annoyance and distress to local residents.
“On a busy summer evening there’s very significant noise both from patrons drinking at the premises and those leaving late into the night.”
The council received more than 80 letters of support from diners.
Planning agent Bob Hull, representing the applicant, Fine Food 4 Sail, said late-night noise had been wrongly attributed to the business.