Plans for a new cafe and wine bar in Amersham have upset neighbors who fear the noise and disturbance will make their home life “unbearable”.
The former Liberal Democrat Amersham HQ at 11 Hill Avenue could be turned into a new cafe by day and bar by night called Eleven.
Eleven would be a café during the day, serving hot and cold drinks, hot and cold sandwiches and snacks, and a bar in the evening, serving alcohol, mainly wine and light meals.
The cafe/bar would have an open seating area and small kitchen, and would have outdoor seating.
But the plans have upset some neighbors, especially those who live in the apartments above the unit.
Councilors will hear their concerns as they deliberate whether to grant Eleven a premises license.
The owners asked to play recorded music on a sound system between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. every day, to serve alcohol until 11:30 p.m. on weekends and 11 p.m. on weekdays, and to remain open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday to Sunday. .
They also want to stay open until 1am on New Years Eve.
A neighborhood resident said the proposed opening hours will “completely ruin my standard of living and sleep”.
Rachel Otterson wrote, “It seems to me that this proposition is completely unreasonable.”
Another neighbour, Joanne Robinson, raised concerns about garbage collection, noise and smoking.
She wrote: “The opening hours are a concern. Nowhere in Amersham is licensed past 11pm.
“Given residential considerations, the requested opening hours appear excessive and raise concerns that this will become an ‘oversubscribed’ congregational area once everywhere else in Amersham closes.
“I note that the property has floor to ceiling sliding doors. In terms of the music/alcohol license this should be considered as a separate item as it has the ability to further affect the level of noise traveling through residential apartments and beyond.”
Kate Walsh added: “To my knowledge nowhere else in Amersham is open so late and I don’t think it’s necessary there. Village Mangal next door stops serving at 10.30pm and that’s a reasonable time .
“I’m afraid if they close at 11.30pm, by the time customers and staff have left, it will be closer to midnight.
“This app doesn’t allow for any days of peace and quiet, so if the closing hours could be reduced it would be a bit more bearable.
“I can currently hear conversations, moving objects and music clearly, and there are only a few people in the store, let alone when it’s full.
“Are there any additional steps that can be taken to help reduce this noise rising in my apartment? It’s when the windows are closed, the noise is much worse when I open my windows.”
The owners of the bar said there will be CCTV in place and there will be signs advising customers to leave quietly and respect their neighbours, and soundproofing and air conditioning will be installed.
The application will be discussed by Buckinghamshire Council’s planning committee on Wednesday August 3, and a decision is usually given directly to owners within weeks.