A RURAL pub has won its licensing bid – but has been slapped with 20 conditions in an effort to reduce residents’ concerns who feared the noise could make their “peaceful” village “hellish”.

Councillors on the licensing sub-committee granted the Black Boys Inn, in Henley Road near Hurley village, its application – but with restrictions and have reduced some of its asking hours.

The outdoor pop-up venue wanted to play live music, films, and other events as well as serving late-night alcohol and refreshments to punters outside. They also wanted to add 24 hours of camping time during the summer season, May 1 to September 30, for people to get away and experience rural life.

But Hurley residents feared the applicant, Matthew Valentine, will be hosting large music events and attract hundreds of people, causing rowdy behaviour, traffic mayhem, and noise disturbances to their “peaceful” village.

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At the licensing hearing on August 24, Mr Valentine denied he was going to host large music events. He “anticipated” about 200 people will show up to the small-scale, acoustic acts he hopes to put on in the pub garden.

The sub-committee members decided to grant Mr Valentine his full opening hours of 9am to midnight, seven days a week, but reduced the hours of serving alcohol and playing live music by half an hour (11:30pm).

Late-night refreshments will be served from 11pm to 11:45pm and playing films and sporting events will be played from 9am to 11:30pm.

Licensing sub-committee hearing on August 24 - with Mr Valentine to the right

Licensing sub-committee hearing on August 24 - with Mr Valentine to the right

Other restrictions Mr Valentine will have to abide by, including hosting no more than 12 ticketed events involving live music in any calendar year and will have to liaise with a noise consultant whenever a ticketed event is held to find out what the noise impact will be to residents.

Locals must also be informed if an event is going to take place and exact times of all performances and sound checks, as well as a contact name and telephone number, must be provided.

Mr Valentine must also produce a noise management plan with an experience noise control consultant to prevent public nuisance from noise and implement noise limiting devices or other monitoring systems to mitigate music and other sounds coming from the pub.

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If a large scale is planned, which is more than 499 people, Mr Valentine must give notice to Thames Valley Police and the safety advisory group at least three months ahead of the planned event.

The pub also must take measures to not allow people to bring in their own alcohol onto the premises and must set up CCTV, covering the internal and external areas.