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New micropub permission granted for Dymchurch High Street

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A coastal town is getting a new micropub.

The night time venue will be located close to Martello Tower 24 in Dymchurch.

A micropub, according to the Micropub Association, is a small freehouse which mainly serves cask ales and traditional pub snacks.

Beer stock (6265489)
Beer stock (6265489)

The developer, Andrew Clark of Kent Building Control Ltd, applied to Folkestone and Hythe District Council (FHDC) earlier this year for a change of use of the ground floor from office use into a micropub at 30 High Street.

A planning statement on the council's website stated: "Dymchurch is a popular location both for tourists and locals alike.

"The applicants intend to create a business that is inclusive to all the local community, and intend to promote local businesses by supplying local drinks.

"Although the applicant intends for the business to be inclusive of all ages, the micropub model tends to attract a slightly older clientèle.

Where the micropub could be built. Credit: Google Maps (9814145)
Where the micropub could be built. Credit: Google Maps (9814145)

"As Dymchurch village has numerous activities and establishments for younger families, the micropub use will be attractive for those seeking a different experience in Dymchurch.

"The proposed community use would increase variety within the local centre, increasing footfall and bringing a vacant ground floor unit back into use."

iStockphoto of friends drinking beer
iStockphoto of friends drinking beer

The suggested opening hours are seasonal, to 'take advantage of the summer months', and the venue is not expected to stay open past 11pm to minimise noise disturbance into the night.

Development at the site must begin within three years and no live, amplified music or amplified entertainment is allowed to take place within the premises at any time.

The news comes after several traditional pubs have closed in recent years on the Marsh.

In Lydd alone, three prominent pubs were shut down in the last decade or so. The Royal Mail, in Park Street, which was constructed in the 18th century, The Star Inn and The Bridge Inn all closed, with recent proposals suggesting the sites be converted into homes.

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