THE owners of a revamped restaurant will be forced to explain the planned changes to their licence after a number of complaints about late-night noise and disruption.

An application to alter the licence for the new Food + Liquor restaurant in Sidbury will be examined by councillors next week because of several concerns about the venue’s roof terrace.

The revamped restaurant has opened in the former Primo restaurant, which closed in 2019, under the same owner Peter Burgoyne.

The building’s current licence means that alcohol and late-night refreshments can be served between 11am and midnight during the week and 1am at weekends with the opening hours set at 12pm to midnight.

The new application asks for permission to change the licence to include the extension of the restaurant’s roof terrace, outdoor seating and first-floor bar.

The application also asks for the bar and restaurant’s opening hours to change to 8am to midnight.

Environmental Health has objected to the plan saying the previous venue, which was also owned by Mr Burgoyne, had a long history of “proven noise [and] nuisance.”

A plan to build a garden roof terrace as part of a new venue at the former Primo restaurant was backed by council planners in February last year – but with a strict 11pm curfew and ban on playing music outside.

Several neighbours had complained about the proposal saying that allowing the extended roof terrace to be built would lead to more noise and a loss of privacy which led to some of the rules being put in place by the council.

One redacted objection from a neighbour said there had been “significant problems” with noise – even without outdoor seating areas.

Cllr Lynn Denham, who represents the Cathedral ward which includes Sidbury, has also raised an objection against the plan saying she had concerns the restaurant would be closing at midnight but could still serve alcohol until 1am.

A review of Primo’s licence was held in 2019 following a call by frustrated neighbours over late-night noise but councillors decided to take no further action.

Worcester City Council’s licensing sub-committee meets in the Guildhall from 10am on April 5.