Ramside Estates is putting the finishing touches to the newest addition to its portfolio, despite objection from locals concerned about the noise.
The hotel group, which owns Hardwick Hall Hotel and Ramside Hall Hotel, is nearing completion on a £1.5m makeover of a former pub in Sedgefield, which is being transformed into a new 10-bedroom boutique.
The project however has been met with objection over a licence which would allow the venue to serve alcohol, host sport events and a range of entertainment until late.
Ramside Estates has applied for a premises licence for the renamed Impeccable Pig on Front Street in the town centre.
Previously The Hope Inn, the property has been undergoing a refurbishment since last year, and will launch as a boutique hotel, bar and restaurant this summer.
Sedgefield Town Council has submitted an objection to Durham County Council (DCC) which details concerns that, due to the building’s capacity for more than 200 people, crowds of customers could be leaving at closing time. It requests the closing time to reduced by one hour.
The licence application is for the sale of alcohol from 8am until midnight from Sunday to Thursday and 8am until 1am from Friday to Saturday at the hotel.
DCC’s statutory licensing-sub-committee will make a decision on the licence at County Hall, Durham City, on Tuesday, April 24.