PLANS for a container-style food courtyard in Rogerstone has been granted a licence for alcohol, entertainment, and late-night refreshments.
DIY store What! Stores will benefit from a bar, coffee shop, and a pop-up cinema in the car park, in Chartist Way, Rogerstone – subject to the relevant planning permissions.
The granting of the licence means alcohol can be sold on the premises from 11 am-11 pm, Sunday-Thursday, and 11 am-midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
Extended hours have been accepted over New Year until 2.30 am on New Year’s Day.
Late night refreshments and entertainment including films, live music, recorded music, and dance performances can also take place between the same hours those requested for alcohol sales.
One objection has been received from a Rogerstone resident who raised concerns over anti-social behaviour and an increase in traffic.
The licensing committee discussed the impact of noise on the residential homes near to the site.
Questions were asked about the type of noise that would be generated and how it could be maintained at a certain level.
Despite the concerns, the committee granted the application.
The development “would be akin to a street food cafe style and outlet,” according to the design and access statement that accompanied that licensing application.
“The containers would be occupied by a series of street food vendors offering a range of food types.”
The containers used will be re-purposed, making them sustainable, and of a “modern appearance”.
The plans would also create job opportunities in the area, it is said.