Cowley ‘rooftop bar would be a disaster’

The Art Bar

The Art Bar

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A DECISION on whether a Cowley Road bar can create a rooftop terrace and bar has been temporarily shelved amid concerns about noise.

The Art Bar, formerly The Bullingdon Arms, applied to Oxford City Council to convert its first-floor flat and roof into a new bar and roof terrace.

At the West area planning committee meeting on Tuesday councillors agreed to make a decision at a later date and asked officers to look into how noise concerns would be addressed.

The plans put forward by the business say an acoustic screen would be installed on the roof which would aim to prevent noise from travelling.

However, councillors were concerned how effective it would be and have asked for further research to be done into how well the proposed acoustic screen would work.

Crown Street residents Peter McIntyre and Lise Bosher addressed the committee about their concerns.

Mr McIntyre said: “This would be a complete disaster and tragedy for the area.

“It is very delicate area with a combination of businesses and where a lot of people live.

“We are talking about how people live in an environment which is almost at the point of breaking.

“At our house we overlook what would be the terrace from our bedroom.

“This would raise the noise to a new level and this is the first time where I can find an example of a rooftop bar.

“If this was allowed you will be besieged by applications by everyone else for similar.”

Ms Bosher said she had been woken up at 6.15am on Sunday when bottles were being put into bins and could hear someone talking on a mobile phone in the Art Bar’s car park.

She added: “At the moment it is very hard to have a window open. This is to do with noise reduction levels.

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“There will be noise generation from the rooftop terrace a roof bar is just going to be a disaster.”

Proposing a decision is made at a future meeting, Labour city councillor Colin Cook said: “I suspect that the level of sound noise attenuation provided by this acoustic fence will not be sufficient to mitigate the impact of this proposal on the local residents.

“I suspect the eventual decision will be a refusal on that basis.

“If it goes to appeal we stand a better chance having that information.”

Chairman Oscar Van Nooijen said: “We don’t have the facts in front of us and do not feel we would be in a position to defend our decision, this would put us in a stronger position.”

 

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2:33am Sun 27 Jul 14

The New Private Eye says...

Mr McIntyre said: “This would be a complete disaster and tragedy for the area


You really need to get out more Mcintyre. Losing a loved one who was on one of the flights that have come down recently, being told you have terminal cancer and 3 months to live, or running for your life as a rocket explodes, smashing your house to smithereens, now that is a tragedy and disaster.

But having a bit of noise from a pub that was already there when you chose to live where you do, is a bit annoying, but not really the scenario that you seem to think that it is.
Mr McIntyre said: “This would be a complete disaster and tragedy for the area You really need to get out more Mcintyre. Losing a loved one who was on one of the flights that have come down recently, being told you have terminal cancer and 3 months to live, or running for your life as a rocket explodes, smashing your house to smithereens, now that is a tragedy and disaster. But having a bit of noise from a pub that was already there when you chose to live where you do, is a bit annoying, but not really the scenario that you seem to think that it is. The New Private Eye
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12:39pm Mon 28 Jul 14

King Joke says...

Well exactly, if you really value quietness that much, the Cowley Rd area is a staggering choice for somewhere to live.

Al fresco drinking is quite the norm on the continent and it would be of benefit to many people if a more relaxed outdoor lifestyle became the norm here (weather permitting of course!).
Well exactly, if you really value quietness that much, the Cowley Rd area is a staggering choice for somewhere to live. Al fresco drinking is quite the norm on the continent and it would be of benefit to many people if a more relaxed outdoor lifestyle became the norm here (weather permitting of course!). King Joke
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