August 9, 2022 3.37 pm This story is over 15 months old

Tea room and cocktail bar in former Sleaford chapel splits opinion

Locals are worried about 1am last orders

The owners of a “much-needed” new tea room and cocktail bar near Sleaford are hoping to get an alcohol licence granted next week, but some residents are concerned over a proposed 1am closing time.

Those behind the New Chapel, off Kinross Road and Gleneagles Drive in Greylees, will appear before North Kesteven District Council’s Licensing Committee next Tuesday.

An application form before the authority said the New Chapel would be a licensed tea room and cocktail bar set within the renovated Rauceby Hospital chapel.

They promoted the business as offering a casual all-day dining experience including breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, with locally-sourced produce cooked or baked onsite and a selection of artisan teas and coffees, wines, cocktails and beers.

The new business will also hold private functions such as weddings and wakes.

However, despite numerous letters in support, a number of neighbours are wary of a planned 1am closing time asking instead for it to be limited to 11pm.

Out of 25 responses, 22 are in support.

Alan and Leanne Clough called it a “much-needed facility on the estate”.

Mrs Siddons said: “It’ll provide job opportunities for our community and somewhere to socialise. It’ll be lovely to have somewhere to eat and drink on our doorstep within walking distance.”

Dave Laker wrote: “It will be great to finally have something here instead of a bunch of derelicts.”

The building was abandoned for a number of years. | Image: David Bosworth

However, seven supporters say the late closing time, in a residential area, would have a detrimental impact. Three residents have objected overall.

Concerns include that the business will create too much noise early in the morning as well as increase anti-social behaviour and crime and disorder.

Adrian Lewis said: “I have nothing against a drinks licence but 11pm should be the absolute latest as cars will be driving up Kinross Road.”

He said there were already issues with cars speeding in the residential area and added many houses had children.

Christopher Cocks also suggested limiting the closing time.

“This would give us this much-wanted facility but without the worries of late night movement of people and vehicles and associated noise this would undoubtedly bring,” he said.

John and Jill Todd were totally against the development saying: “With a plethora of local pubs in the area, with many struggling… there is no need for a pub.

“What is really needed is something like a village hall/community centre with a shop/café/post box where people of all ages, children included, can meet, shop and socialise.”

Those behind the plans thanked supporters for getting behind the development and moved to reassure residents it would be a positive thing for the local community.

They said there would be numerous regulations and controls in place to prevent anti-social behaviour and hoped it would actually increase safety and security in the area.

Measures included complying with the Challenge 25 policies, and CCTV cameras.

They hoped there would be a decrease in vandalism, although they pointed out that had been going on before the plans were submitted.

A spokesperson said: “We’re really excited to get this going. We’ll make sure the area is looked after. It will be more of a benefit to the area than anything else.”

Dr Frida Alrashaid, who owns the building, said she had been renovating the property for a number of years and that she would “not allow the building to be used in anyway that had a negative impact on the area”.

They said the 1am closure would mainly be for private functions or events, and mostly on Fridays or Saturdays. They added this was similar to other nearby venues.

The meeting on Tuesday begins at 10am.