The Eagle is one of the oldest pubs in Brighton, situated in the very heart of the city on Gloucester Road; it is a favourite amongst students and locals. Indigo Pub Company, the owners of The Eagle, decided that they wanted to convert their unused function suite upstairs into a partly enclosed terrace, to provide more room in the jam-packed space and act as a smoking area.
After word had spread about this potential development, residents from Gloucester Way loudly voiced their concern. They stated that this change would lead to an increase in noise and litter, and have a negative impact on the community. During the discussions at the Brighton and Hove City Council Planning Committee, councillors were told by environmental health that this was unlikely to be allowed as the terrace was partly enclosed.
Annabel Busby spoke on behalf of the eight residents from Gloucester Yard, all of whom rejected the plan. She said that “this development will bring pub noise into our homes in a way that it has not been before”. Despite the terrace not having a bar and playing no amplified music, residents were worried about day drinkers who will negatively impact the working lives of residents who run businesses from home on the street.
Both the Green and Labour Councillor disproved the application, stating that “we cannot judge the noise impact on residents”, labelling it “uncontrollable”. Eight councillors voted against approving the application, with the conservative Joe Miller abstaining.