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July 18, 2022

Micropub run by Accidental Brewery have expansion plans set for approval

A family-run Lancaster micropub's expansion proposals look set to be given the go-ahead by planners at a meeting this week.

Opened in 2018, Accidental Brewery Micropub launched in the loft of an old stable block above a computer shop. A tiny brewing kit currently sits behind the bar, as well as ten craft and two cask taps, gins, wines, and soft drinks.

Run on the first floor of The Old Stables on Bulk Street, the venue, during the past two years in the spring, summer, and autumn, has had temporary planning permission for the use of four car parking spaces on Charter House car park to be a beer garden.

The application by owner Mike Dent proposes to change the ground floor of The Old Stables from an office to a bar and microbrewery and retain the bar and microbrewery to the first floor. The entire building would be used as one business. 

The ground floor would provide additional seating for the bar and microbrewery, with a dedicated area within the foyer for pick-up of orders that have been made online. There are no alterations proposed internally or externally to facilitate the change of use.

The plans include the change of use of four parking spaces within the existing car park to form a 1,000 sq. ft. beer garden area associated with the adjacent microbrewery and pub within The Old Stables. The proposed area is to contain moveable tables and chairs whilst a combination of planters and 'café barriers' would form the northern boundary enclosure to the beer garden.

As well as a craft beer bar in Lancaster, the business has a microbrewery in Morecambe.

A Lancaster Council officer's report recommended granting planning permission subject to conditions.

"In general, planning policy seeks to support development proposals that will facilitate the continued growth of businesses that contribute towards local economy," the report added.

"It is clear that the business has been significantly impacted as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the provision of additional seating to the ground floor of the property for the microbrewery/pub and the beer garden would contribute towards the recovery and expansion of the business moving forward, which is clearly supported by the city council."

Lancaster's planning regulatory committee meets today, Monday 18 July.

www.accidentalbrewery.com

"In general, planning policy seeks to support development proposals that will facilitate the continued growth of businesses that contribute towards local economy"
Lancaster Council
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