BrewDog off-licence plans spark anger

The site of the Brew Dog off-licence in Dundas Street. Picture: Toby Williams

The site of the Brew Dog off-licence in Dundas Street. Picture: Toby Williams

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RESIDENTS living next to a proposed BrewDog off-licence in the New Town have hit out after the Capital’s licensing board approved the plan.

Famous for launching the 18 per cent “Tokyo” beer – which contained six units of alcohol in a single 330ml bottle – the firm wants to open a retail operation in Dundas Street.

Promising “a new take on the bottle shop concept”, the venture, called “BottleDog”, would feature such innovations as tastings and educational events.

Company bosses even wanted to host live music in a bid to draw as many customers in as possible. The plans ­initially drew a furious response from locals, who branded them “detrimental to health” amid fears over noise and antisocial behaviour.

Licensing chiefs said they had received assurances from BrewDog that improved soundproofing would be provided, while company directors have since withdrawn live music plans.

However, residents today branded the approval “frustrating” and “a disappointment”.

Audrey Cavaye, secretary at New Town and Broughton Community Council, said: “When we were objecting, we were objecting because of the noise and the deliveries, the soundproofing within it and the fact it wasn’t a shop beforehand but was in a residential unit.

“It’s disappointing and I’m sure that residents will be quite frustrated about all of this. Even stocking up shelves late at night, with the bottles banging, would be most annoying for their neighbours.”

Ms Cavaye added: “The council is trying to get residential back into the city. It’s all so disjointed.” But city leaders said they were confident BrewDog had taken steps to address concerns over the shop’s impact.

Councillor Eric Milligan, licensing convener, said: “Following a site visit to the premises, board members felt satisfied that the applicants had taken positive steps to address concerns about potential noise issues, therefore the application was approved today.

“We always listen to representations from the public and interested parties, but also have to balance these with the need to develop the city and to encourage business opportunities.”

A spokeswoman for BrewDog said: “We’re so pleased that common sense has prevailed and are excited to open our next BottleDog in Edinburgh.

“Our mission has always been to make other people as passionate about great beer as we are – we’re psyched to be extending our footprint in Edinburgh in order to do just that.”

johnpaul.holden@edinburghnews.com