January 22, 2021

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Council is set to approve new beer garden for Machan Vaults in Larkhall

A new beer garden at Larkhall’s Machan Vaults is set to be approved by South Lanarkshire Council.



a sign on the side of a building: Machan Vaults, Larkhall.


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Machan Vaults, Larkhall.

Plans to create a 30m2 garden with seating for 16 people at the rear of the pub will go before the planning committee next week (Tuesday, December 1) with officers set to recommend the development for approval.

However, seven members of the public have objected to the proposals over concerns for increased noise, a loss of privacy, road safety and that the beer garden would be “far too close” to neighbouring homes.

One objector said: “Proposals to restrict numbers using the outside area and operating hours are not practical.

“The proposed beer garden will be incompatible with the surroundings in land use terms due to the likely impact and loss of amenity on adjacent residential properties.”



a train is parked on the side of a building: To the rear of the Machan Vaults, Larkhall.


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To the rear of the Machan Vaults, Larkhall.

Another added that the proposed 2m fence “will not suffice” as there would still be a loss of privacy for neighbours.

Although the Machan Vaults is a “lawfully licensed premises”, officers concluded it “can be viewed as a non-conforming land use” as it is surrounded by houses.

As a result, the “residential amenity” of surrounding properties must “must take account of the existence of the public house and cannot be to the same degree, level or extent as that associated with a house in a residential estate divorced from non-residential uses”.

The council’s Environmental Services raised no objection to the proposals provided conditions were imposed that the beer garden be used no later than 9pm, that an “acoustic fence” is put up to help dampen noise disturbance for neighbours and that the consent only be granted for three years.

No objections were raised by the road’s department as the beer garden is an “additional facility” and it was “debatable” whether it would result in extra traffic.

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