BrewDog is locked in battle with planners over outside seating at Argyle Street pub

By Ellen Thomson at

Craft beer giant BrewDog is in a tussle with city planners over outside seating at its West End premises.

The firm has now made a fresh bid to permit chairs and tables at its Argyle Street pub opposite Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum after previously being refused.

BrewDog and outside seating

Tables: BrewDog has been using the outside area for seating since 2012

The move comes after BrewDog was told last year it needed planning permission – despite having used the pavements for seating since it opened six years ago.

When it finally applied, permission was refused – even though the bar firm has cut the number of seats from 50 to just ten.

Now the same application has been submitted – but this time with new evidence, says BrewDog, that its plans would not have any ‘detrimental effect’ in terms of noise for residents.

In a planning statement, BrewDog says a report was put together by noise experts who carried out tests.

The statement says the report shows that the impact is considered to be ‘slight’ against Scottish government’s guidelines.

“The report concludes that the proposed use of the seating area as defined would not have a detrimental impact on the amenity of nearby residential occupants.

“And it is considered that the proposed external seating area would not cause nuisance so as to be considered significant at the nearest sensitive receptor.”

‘Established’

In conclusion, the BrewDog statement says: “The site is located in a busy, designated town centre location where active, vibrant commercial / retail and town centre uses, including public houses, should be located.

“The public house use has been established in this location for a number of years.

“The applicant has occupied the premises since 2012 and an external seating area with a capacity of almost six times that of the seating area now proposed has been in place for the majority of this time, with no complaints raised by residents or enforcement action taken by the council.”

BrewDog says it used the outside area for seating after being granted a highways licence by the council’s roads department.

But it says it was unaware that planning consent was also required for the seating until it came to renew the highways licence last year.

Founded by James Watt and Martin Dickie in Aberdeen, BrewDog has been valued at £1bn.

The company’s sales for 2017 hit £110m, up 53 per cent on the previous year, leading to gross profits of £36.5m (up 46 per cent on 2016).