A concern about public noise pollution called into question the application of the Solent’s “first” luxury sailing restaurant.
Plans were revealed last month for a fully refurbished 34-meter yacht, based at Venture Quays in East Cowes, to serve as a new floating bar and restaurant.
In the plans for The Boat, which would be spread over three decks, Freehold Group, the company behind the idea, took inspiration from the Grand Banks oyster bar on the Hudson River in New York City.
The latest documents submitted with the application indicate that this is an exciting time in the history of the Solent, with its waters “never more attractive” as a destination.
It is proposed that the ship’s captain will sail the ship until the perfect sunset each evening, depending on the best location on the location in the Solent, during the summer months.
The application for a license to be able to supply alcohol and perform live or recorded music from 11 a.m. to midnight has been submitted to the Isle of Wight Council and has been the subject of a consultation, which s ‘ended earlier this month.
Now, due to an objection, the license for The Boat will be decided by the council’s licensing subcommittee next week.
Council received four responses to the consultation – a statement of support from East Cowes City Council as well as three objections.
However, after being made aware of The Boat’s noise management plan, two were pulled.
The latest East Cowes opponent said he would be affected by noise nuisance if a license to play music until midnight, or later if it’s New Years Eve, was granted.
They said they had concerns due to the previous Cowes Week experiences and noise circulating on the water and wanted the subcommittee to consider their views.
Council licensing agents, however, say The Boat was not responsible for this and since it is a new venture, it is not known whether the entertainment provided would compromise the objectives of the license.
Therefore, the agents proposed to the subcommittee to grant the license on request with the noise management plan a proportionate preventive measure at this stage.
Officers say a series of measures have been proposed to be installed to ensure activities are properly managed and targets are met, such as staff training, the requirement for video surveillance and a noise management plan.
The boat also said it would ensure customers respect the needs of other users at sea and ashore, advising customers and monitoring their exit where appropriate, as well as signs at the door.