Final decision made on controversial plans for new quirky wedding venue The Beverley Barn

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 8 Jun 2018

A quirky new wedding venue has been awarded a premises licence for alcohol and entertainment, despite objections.

Residents living near country venue The Beverley Barn objected because of fears noisy guests would disturb their rural peace.

Hear Yasmin Clappison and Phil Hagyard outside County Hall

Some of them boycotted East Riding Council’s licensing sub-committee at County Hall amid claims their concerns were being ignored.

The council recently approved a planning application for the former dairy barn in Long Lane, despite objections from neighbours.

The Beverley Barn is in a rural location

Resident Pamela Worthy told Thursday’s licensing sub-committee: “Some residents are not coming today because they feel it has been a waste of time complaining.

"They feel we have not been listened to in the past.”

She told councillors they thought the venue would be “detrimental to our wellbeing as residents living near to the venue”.

Another resident, Sarah Bratley, said: “I am worried about people leaving the premises and walking down the railway line, which people do use as a short cut.”

Inside The Beverley Barn

She was also concerned about the safety of horse riders, pedestrians and cyclists from traffic in the lane.

Yasmin Clappison, who is opening the County Farm venue with fiance Phil Hagyard, told councillors: “I have been in the wedding and hospitality industry for the past 11 years working in various establishments including restaurants, bars and traditional pubs and understand that safety and responsibility is a must when undertaking licensable activities.”

Phil Hagyard and Yasmin Clappison outside County Hall, where their premises licence was granted(Image: Jerome Ellerby)

She said the venue is adopting the Challenge 25 policy and is covered by CCTV.

Miss Clappison said they have established links with a Beverley taxi firm, with guests required to arrange taxis no later than 11.45pm.

She told councillors: “We have welcomed planning restrictions with regards to noise levels, the playing of outdoor music and vacating the premises by users.

“For instance, fireworks are prohibited, as stated across social media, our brochure and booking contract.”

She said the business model is based primarily around weddings but the venue can also cater for the corporate market, including business meetings, presentation evenings, birthday parties, charity fundraisers and celebrations.

She insisted having a licence for seven days a week did not mean there would be an event daily, it would be perhaps just one or two a week, depending on demand.

Phil Hagyard and Yasmin Clappison at The Beverley Barn (Image: Katie Pugh)

Speaking in support of the application, family friend Mandy Holby claimed licensing The Beverley Barn to sell alcohol was the best way to reassure residents with concerns.

She said: “Licensing the premises is their way of ensuring responsibility regarding the use of alcohol.

“I also believe that awarding a licence to sell alcohol is the most effective way to regulate alcohol consumption at The Beverley Barn and reassure any residents who may still have any concerns.

“Indeed, it will allow Yasmin and Phil to monitor and control its consumption.”

She said the venue hosted a family wedding on Saturday and there were no issues raised about noise or traffic.

The committee granted a premises licence from 9am to 11.30pm for alcohol and entertainment, subject to a 21-day appeal period to the magistrates court.

Miss Clappison said afterwards: “We are very happy and looking forward to taking plenty of bookings.

“We have had a lot of interest and now we have the licence we can move forward.

“I think the residents now know they can come and speak to us if they have any concerns.”

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