Rumours have been circulating for several weeks about work being done on Baltic House at Standard Quay (the white one in the quayside group of buildings). Was it going to be a wine bar? Did the planning authorities know?
It now appears that the answers are: yes, it is going to be a wine bar, launched with a private party on Thursday 29 August and then open to the public throughout the Hop Festival. And no, the planning authorities did not know, but they do now. Officers recently visited the site; planning permission for change of use has not been granted, or even applied for. There has also been an application for a temporary events license to sell alcohol; concern has been expressed about this, particularly in relation to the Hop Festival when there are often alcohol-related problems.
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