Complaints about ‘loutish’ late-night behaviour at Burton Agnes holiday venue

There are 20 bedrooms at the Blue Bell in Burton Agnes
There are 20 bedrooms at the Blue Bell in Burton Agnes

Worries about anti-social behaviour at a former hotel which is now used a ‘large-scale’ party venue by holidaymakers look set to fall on deaf ears.

The future of the Blue Bell in Burton Agnes will be decided by councillors, who will review a retrospective planning application next week.

People living in the village say they have encountered problems with noise and ‘loutish’ behaviour since it changed from a hotel to holiday accommodation two years ago.

Planning permission for the change of use has only been applied for recently. Councillors have been advised to approve the plan at a meeting on Monday, despite Burton Agnes Parish Council strongly opposing the idea - and querying why the venue has been allowed to operate in breach of planning policy for so long.

It says the Blue Bell is marketed as a base for ‘large-scale groups of partying individuals’ and can house more than 50 people at a time.

“These sorts of numbers inevitable led to noise,” says a report from the parish council.

“Residents reported that in addition there have been coach loads of individuals deposited at the venue.

“The scale and sector of this operation is a considerable step chance from the pub and hotel business which operated previously and in our view is incompatible with the centre of a small residential village.”

They say emergency services have been called to the venue and there have been reports of late-night floodlit football matches and items being thrown into neighbouring farmers’ fields.

The parish council is also disappointed in the loss of the village pub.

A number of people living near the Blue Bell have also formally compained about the venue, but a report to East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Eastern Area Planning Sub-Committee says the building should not be stopped from operating as holiday accommodation.

It says it is ‘no more harmful’ than if it operated as a hotel, which could mean outside activity at weddings, functions and celebrations.