PLANS to build a rooftop beer garden at the Bird In Hand pub on Carmarthen Road have set local residents into action to try and block the development.

A representative of the Forest action group who did not wish to be named said:

“This would directly impact the residents who live above the pub. Their gardens actually slope down almost to the pub’s roof. Residents of Heol y Plas, Fforest, have received copies of the proposed plans and are extremely concerned. This is a quiet, residential road and the properties impacted house several elderly residents. This will undoubtedly alienate the local pub.

“Many residents intend to liaise with local councillor, Gareth Thomas, of Goitre Fach, Hendy.”

The plans have been submitted to Carmarthenshire County Council.

The pub closed its doors in November 2018. It is understood that a new license is being applied for.

In the application documentation it states:

“We are proposing to the disuse flat roof at the “Bird in Hand” pub/restaurant into a safe area for customers. This new space will be converted under the emphasis of given each guest the opportunity of using the restaurant – bar under social distancing guidelines.

“Our aim is to make use out of the unsightly and unused flat roof by creating a welcoming, safe environment which will safeguard the future of the newly opened pub as of the staff. The open area will provide sufficient space for each customer to have their meal as well as given enough circulation space to the staff will be given to maintain their safety.

“A covered area around the side and rear, will give shelter for the customers as well as acting as a noise barrier to the surrounding properties. These will protect the privacy of the neighbours and the customers. Outdoor heaters will be installed to allow the pub to open up the space on colder days.” 

A noise impact assessment has also been requested.

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