Back on tap but conditions attached to Donkeystone planning application success

DONKEYSTONE brewery tap is back in business with regulars toasting the pre-Christmas move with a pint of their favourite tipple.

Owner Steven James successfully applied to Oldham Council to re-open the tap room, which has been closed since August 2019, in Donkeystone’s premises at Boarshurst Business Park, Greenfield.

The decision was made at last month’s meeting of the council’s planning committee attended by supporters and opponents of the brewery’s retrospective application for “change of use of industrial floorspace to use as a drinking establishment”.

A previous application had been rejected in July 2019 after some local residents complained of noise nuisance. 

Now, the beer is flowing again though with restrictions introduced by committee members “to protect the amenity of adjacent residents”.

The tap room can open on Monday to Saturday between 11am and 6pm with the condition: “All customers shall leave the premises by the defined closing time”.

Other conditions include no drinking outside the area designated as ‘tap room’ nor shall “any furniture or related paraphernalia be taken outside for use by customers”.

Additionally, any music or amplified sound  from within the building shall not exceed 24dBA when measured at the external boundary of any residential property.” 

Since opening in the summer of 2017, Donkeystone has won  a succession of awards for its ales and stouts and has become a regular feature in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide.

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