Objections over plan to use Whitby's Sneaton Castle centre as a hotel, restaurant and wedding venue

A hearing is to be held this week into the proposed use of the historic Sneaton Castle centre in Whitby as a hotel, restaurant and wedding venue, following complaints from members of the public.

Monday, 11th November 2019, 12:19 pm
Updated Monday, 11th November 2019, 12:29 pm
Sneaton Castle. Image by Ceri Oakes

John Morley and Ashley Lyth have applied to Scarborough Council for a premises licence for the Castle Road venue which would see alcohol sold until 1am and also allow for live music and other events to be held on the site.

The licensable activities would take place both indoors and out, according to the application.

The application will now go before the council’s licensing sub-committee on Friday (15th) due to objections from members of the public.

A report, prepared for councillors, states: “The premises are described as a hotel, restaurant, function and events venue, to include civil wedding ceremonies.”

It adds that an unspecified number of objections were lodged with the council, ranging from “concerns over outdoor events and those in marquees due to noise” to parking, increased traffic and general drunkenness.

North Yorkshire Police has not objected.

The sub-committee must decide whether to grant in full, in part or to refuse the application from Mr Morley, who owns and runs the nearby The Stables at Cross Butts restaurant and accommodation in Guisborough Road.