Residents have voiced their anger over plans to open a new bar and micro-brewery in Caerphilly Town.
A licence application for Brew Monster to open on Lon y Twyn has been approved by Caerphilly County Borough Council.
It means Brew Monster will be able to supply alcohol, provide late night refreshments and play recorded music, should they be granted planning permission to convert the former Plumb Save building.
However, concerns have been raised over the bar’s location near houses and the Twyn School.
Resident Paul Brown said he had concerns over possible “noise and public disorder”.
He also expressed concern over the bar’s smoking area, which he said would be level with bedrooms on Southern Street.
Resident Brigid Brown said she was worried about possible smells coming from the brewery.
Mrs Brown said: “The majority of breweries are out of town or on industrial estates. I want to be able to enjoy my garden without the noise and irritation.
“I’m not against a micro-brewery – just not here.”
Emma Blewden, who has two sons at the Twyn School, said: “Caerphilly has enough bars as it is, and this one is in plain sight of the school yard.
“If the school was down wind, smoke would blow over. There’s also the smell from the brewery.”
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Ms Blewden also expressed concerns about traffic around the school and said the bar was in the “wrong location”.
She also took swipe at the council for “pushing it through during lockdown”.
Ms Blewden said she only found out about the plans after reading an article in Caerphilly Observer, and said parents “should have been informed sooner”.
“I feel annoyed and let down”, said Ms Blewden.
The council was contacted for comment.
Brew Monster managing director Glenn White said the company has engaged with authorities and local residents to ensure it doesn’t “have a detrimental impact on those living nearby and those with children attending the nearby school”.
“We have existing venues that have residents living in apartments directly above the bars, and we previously operated a brewery bar which was close to a local primary school, so we have experience of working within these constraints and have never had complaints of any kind relating to noise, odour or issues with local schools.”
He also said opening hours had been reduced “to address specific concerns raised by residents,” and Brew Monster is “committed to working constructively with local residents and authorities” in order to have “a positive impact on the town”.
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