LONG-standing plans for a new bar and restaurant in Golcar may soon be a step closer.
Kirklees Licensing members will today consider granting a premises licence for a tapas bar at 117 Town End.
Christopher Townend was initially given planning permission in 2010.
It was approved after the Planning Inspectorate overturned councillors’ initial decision to reject the plan.
The approval came with conditions, including times of opening, which the Inspectorate set as 9am-11pm Mondays to Saturdays and 9am to 10.30pm Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Mr Townend had applied for a premises licence which runs until midnight – beyond the permitted hours.
After Kirklees planning informed him of the hours, he amended his application to comply with the Inspectorate’s hours.
But Kirklees councillors must first approve it at this morning’s meeting.
The empty building was a former heating engineers and Mr Townend is converting it into a restaurant and bar.
Police have not objected, but have requested CCTV be installed, among other typical licence conditions, including staff training.
Neighbours, in comments to Kirklees Council, complained his initial application breached permitted hours.
They have also complained about traffic and parking problems and noise. Others say opening from 9am until 11pm is already too long.