Haggerston Castle holiday park granted licence for second bar and entertainment venue

One of Northumberland’s best-known holiday parks has been granted permission to sell alcohol and stage entertainment from a second venue on its site.

Haggerston Castle, at Beal near Berwick, had applied for permission from the council’s licensing team for a premises licence in respect of Haggerston Castle Modular Show bar.

The licence would allow the supply of alcohol for consumption on and off the premises from 9am to 11pm seven days a week, as well as “regulated entertainment” on the same timescales.

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The proposals had received one objection from Lorna Robinson, who owns and operates the nearby Haggerston Riding Centre. Mrs Robinson raised concerns about the new bar potentially scaring her horses, which regularly use a nearby road.

Speaking at a Northumberland County Council licensing hearing on Wednesday, she said: “We’ve used that road for over 60 years. My father-in-law before me took horses down to the beach, it has been there since the 1860s.

“Our horses go down there on a track out into the countryside. The entertainment and the tarpaulin on the roof could freak the horses and cause accidents.”

Mrs Robinson also raised concerns that children staying at the caravan park could be encouraged to run across the road by the location of the bar. However, she added that she had been in contact with the applicant who had allayed her fears by assuring her that activity at the new venue would mostly be later in the day, while the horses use the road in the morning.

After retiring to consider their verdict for a short time, the members of the committee agreed to grant the premises licence. Legal officer Melanie Bulman said: “The committee has taken into account there were no representations from any responsible authorities.

“Lorna Robinson’s concerns around children and road use were not considered to be relevant to the application. The noise management plan should ensure that there are no noise issues.”

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