AN EAST Oxford pub branded a 'nuisance neighbour' by residents has been given approval to keep a shelter in its garden – but it can't use it for music anymore.

The Black Swan was beset by complaints when it submitted the retrospective plans to Oxford City Council in January with residents on nearby streets, as well as ward councillors Craig Simmons and Dick Wolff, saying loud music made homes 'uninhabitable'.

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Despite 26 objections and only four comments in support, Oxford City Council has approved the application.

A report explaining the decision, however, said extra measures would protect neighbours, saying: "As the standard licence excludes live music outside, a condition would be imposed that would exclude live music and dance and recorded music to be played in the Aunt Sally Shed."

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It added use of the shelter would be limited to days the pub is open, and would have to end by 9pm.

Barry Davies, who runs the Crown Street pub, which is off Cowley Road, had previously defended against complaints saying the pub held 'at most' six outdoor music events each year and made sure things were over by 10.30pm.