Rhymney Brewery applies for alcohol licence despite lack of permission for Roath “real ale bar”

June 26, 2012 2 Comments »

The former Choice video store, where Rhymney Brewery wants to open a new alehouse.

A brewery has applied for permission to serve alcohol in what it says would be Cardiff’s first “real ale bar”, despite being refused planning permission for the new business venture.

Rhymney Brewery Ltd revealed plans last November to turn the former Choices video store at 29 Albany Road and into a traditional alehouse, with a focus on “good ale and good conversation”.

However, when the plans to change the use of the building – which has been empty since Choices closed in 2007 – came before Cardiff Council’s planning committee in January, councillors rejected the proposal on the grounds that it would increase the number of food and drink premises on Albany Road. This, councillors said, was likely to lead to an increase in late night noise and disturbance in the surrounding area.

Alder King planning consultants have appealed that decision on behalf of the applicants, and are currently waiting for the planning inspector’s decision. But in the mean time, Rhymney Brewery Ltd has applied for an alcohol licence for the premises – despite not yet having permission to open a bar there.

The licence application will be heard by Cardiff Council’s licensing sub-committee this Friday. Rhymney Brewery will ask for permission to sell alcohol for consumption on the premises between 9am and midnight, Monday to Sunday.

The application states that the bar’s “target audience is the over 50s, no alcopops, no pool table, just good beer and good conversation, basically recreating a good old fashioned ‘local’”.

South Wales Police said they would not object on the condition CCTV was installed, and alcohol is only sold between 9am and 11.30pm each today. If these conditions are not agreed to, they said they would object on the grounds of the prevention of crime, disorder, and public nuisance.

However, objections have already been lodged by a number of local residents. One said they “would not feel safe” passing the brewery at night, “knowing that it has been serving alcohol since 9am”.

It added: “This would become a gathering place for possible youths and there is no space on the pavement for this type of social gathering.”

Another objection said: “We are already subject to a frequent amount of anti-social behaviour from inebriated individuals. My feeling is that there are already plenty of establishments offering alcohol in the area, and that we really don’t need any more.”

Others highlighted worries about late night disturbance, noise, the risk of crime and vandalism, and increased litter.

One letter of support said the brewery would help regenerate Albany Road, create jobs, and that there are already bars and take-aways in the area which are open past midnight and do not cause a real problem.

Councillors on Cardiff’s licensing sub-committee will make a decision on the application on Friday.

Other applications going before the committee are:

  • An application for a premises licence from Bill’s Produce Stores Limited in Wyndham Arcade, Mill Lane. The applicant wants permission to sell alcohol for consumption on and off the premises, regulated entertainment in the form of recorded music, and late night refreshments. The application says it will be a “unique café and produce store”, selling organic fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers, plants, and hampers, with an outside catering and delivery service.
  • Morrisons on Ty Glas Road in Llanishen have applied for permission to extend their opening hours and the hours they are licensed to sell alcohol. The supermarket is currently allowed to open between 6am and 11pm seven days a week, and to sell alcohol between 8am and 11pm Monday to Sunday between January and November each year, and 6am to 11pm during December. The application asks for permission to open and sell alcohol 6am to midnight seven days a week, all year round.
  • Mr G’s Soul Kitchen, at 106 Bute Street, has applied for permission to serve alcohol for consumption on the premises, provide live music, recorded music and performances of dance, entertainment for making music and dancing, and the provision of late night refreshments.
  • Paradiso Café Bar Restaurant, at 8-10 Crwys Road, has applied for a licence to sell alcohol, provide live and recorded music, dance performances, late night refreshment, and to be allowed to open from 10am to 12.30am Monday to Sunday.
  • Connies House, at Room 6, 1st Floor, Connies House, Rhymney River Bridge Road, has applied for permission to sell alcohol for consumption off the premises from 11am to 5am seven days a week as part of a home delivery service.
The applications due to be discussed on Friday are also mapped below, and you can see the applications in full at the Cardiff Council website.


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  1. Jim June 27, 2012 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    In the current recession, or indeed at any time, it is disgusting that the council want to keep an empty unit, and one as shocking looking as that old video store.

    The problem is the police object to everything (because they lack insight) and the councillors go with whatever the police say (because they lack insight)

    Rhymney Brewery should set up an online petition, people would support them, and the other applicants in large numbers.

  2. Ian Giblett July 16, 2012 at 9:06 am - Reply

    Why would anyone object to turning an eye sore into a real ale bar?
    This is a brilliant idea! I would prefer to live near an ale bar over another kebab house any day of the week!

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