Tyne & Wear

Grey Street bar plans rejected by Newcastle City Council

Harry's Bar & Grill
Image caption Bosses plan to open Harry's Bar & Grill later this month

Pub bosses have had their late licence bids for new bars opposite Newcastle's Theatre Royal rejected.

Two applications were submitted to Newcastle City Council in relation to Harry's Bar & Grill and Baruba Bay on Grey Street.

But the authority's licensing committee refused them on grounds of public safety and public nuisance.

Theatre chiefs opposed the plans saying they would lead to increased problems with "vomit, urine and litter".

If they had been approved, it would have seen Harry's Bar & Grill able to stay open until 04:00 and Baruba Bay beneath it until 02:00.

The venues, which are not yet open, would cater for 1,045 and 750 people respectively, according to plans submitted.

Council leader Nick Forbes, speaking in his capacity as a councillor for Westgate ward, said: "I welcome the decision of the licensing committee.

"It is very important that any developments in Grey Street do not conflict with the licensing objectives, and continue to improve the quality of the night-time economy for residents and visitors."

Chi Onwurah, Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne Central, had spoken out against the applications and last month said: "The theatre is the jewel in the crown of Grey Street and we need to preserve that heritage."

No-one from the companies proposing the new venues could be reached for comment.

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Image caption Theatre Royal chiefs argued late opening for the bars would lead to problems with noise and mess

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