PLANS to revamp a derelict restaurant in Westbourne and transform it into a micropub are being opposed by Environmental Health and residents over noise fears.

The unit comprising former Himalayan eatery The Quantain on Queen’s Road has been empty since 2014

And All Hail Ale Limited have now applied for the site’s former licence – which was surrendered by the previous owners in October – to be restored, allowing alcohol to be sold and music to be played until 11pm.

The company says the bar’s main focus will be on selling real ale for consumption both on and off the site, and has entered into mediation with the concerned parties.

A decision will be made by the borough’s licensing board, chaired by Cllr Andrew Morgan, on Tuesday, where a number of representations are expected to be made in objection.

In a letter to the board, environmental health officer Rachel Elford said: “There is a history of complaints in relation to this premises regarding the use of the outside area and the provision of entertainment at the premises affecting adjacent and nearby residential properties.”

Ms Elford added that she is also concerned about the impact music could have on neighbours, and is “not satisfied that the premises currently has appropriate robust noise control measures in place”.

An objection letter from a resident said: “This area mostly consists of residential accommodation including two large blocks of retirement flats for the over 60s.

"A lot of these flats overlook Queen’s Road, and would be severely inconvenienced by the noise and mess created by such a premises.”

Another added: “There are many similar premises providing alcohol and music within a 10-minute walk in Westbourne and Bournemouth, so I would question the need for another establishment of this kind.”

However, the applicant said CCTV will be installed, a Challenge 25 policy implemented and a log kept of customers refused service.

A statement on the application said: “Notices shall be prominently displayed at the exit requesting patrons to respect the needs of local residents and businesses by leaving the area quietly.

“The level of sound from amplified music or live music will be set and monitored by the premises licence holder. The set level will not cause a nuisance to residents.”

The application will be heard in full during a town hall meeting at 9.45am on Tuesday.