Tudor farm’s wedding plans approved by council

Court House Farm. Picture: Google

Court House Farm. Picture: Google - Credit: Google

A Tudor farm will be allowed to play music and serve alcohol, despite dozens of objections to its plans.

The owner of Court House Farm in Church Road South, Portishead, wants to host around 20 weddings and other social events a year, so applied to North Somerset Council for a premises licence.

The council’s licensing committee has agreed to the proposals, but enforced a reduction of an hour on the times applied for.

Court House Farm already hosts a monthly artisan market but almost 30 people wrote to the council urging them to turn down the latest application, while a report prepared for the committee also recommended refusal.

Residents are concerned about the possibility of increases in crime, antisocial behaviour, noise and parking problems.

Ahead of the decision, one objector said: “There is nothing in this application which will ameliorate the increased noise and potential for alcohol-related antisocial behaviour in a place which has hitherto been a quiet residential area.”

A dozen people also wrote to the council in support of the plans, with one saying the licence would ‘secure the future of this historic site’.

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Owner Helen Reed said in the application only professional companies will sell alcohol.

She added: “Court House Farm is a private residence and a listed Tudor site with outbuildings sat in three acres of land and gardens just off Portishead High Street.

“Although this is currently my home, I do run a monthly artisan market and would like to start hosting a monthly wedding celebration on the opposite fortnight.

“For the artisan markets, we often have local vineyards and micro breweries attending which require a temporary events notice licence to trade.

“This limits me for any other kind of event or gatherings, and therefore I would like to apply for a premises licence.

“The only time we plan to sell alcohol ourselves is at events in terms of wine and beer for private functions.

“We expect our wedding guests to hire in a professional bar company to provide the main alcohol and our traders will sell their own alcohol at the monthly market.”

The venue will be able to host events from 10am-1pm Monday to Friday, 10am-10.30pm on Saturdays and 10am-9pm on Sundays following the council’s ruling.