Loud music, bright lights and shouting from an East Riding village bar's garden has led some nearby residents to seek counselling and others to consider moving, councillors have heard.

East Riding Council's Licensing Act 2003 Sub-Committee refused an application from Cave Bar & Kitchen, in Market Place, South Cave, to extend its rear garden's hours to 10.30pm daily.

The applicants also sought to bring the garden, currently allowed to open until 10pm, into its licensed area.

Applicants told the committee they were sorry for the loud noise and bright lights from the garden which led several neighbours to complain to council enforcement officers.

They added a change to licensing conditions would allow them to better regulate the area and work with the local community, including providing a direct phone line for complaints.

They also said they planned to soundproof the area and had fitted dimmers to address lighting issues.

But residents claimed loud music played in the outdoor area meant "shouting" customers have been heard from nearby homes on weekends since the venue's reopening on July 11.

They also claimed coronavirus social distancing rules were not being followed, which the owners denied.

Cllr Pat Smith, ward member for Dale which covers South Cave, said one nearby resident had to stop a virtual work meeting because of noise from the bar.

She added the impact on others had been "devastating", leading some to consider moving and others requiring counselling.

A council officer tasked with monitoring the venue said his team could have "sung along" to the bar's music and added the brightness of its lights helped them take notes.

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A Humberside Police officer said he had heard second hand that teenagers aged around 16 had been in the outdoor area and that other customers appeared to have taken drugs.

The applicants denied both allegations, adding they operate a strict no tolerance policy on underage drinking and drug use.

Cllr Smith said concerns were first raised following the bar's reopening after coronavirus restrictions on venues were eased in early July.

She added the way the bar operated since spawned "weekends of dread" for residents.

Cllr Smith said: "They drew customers from outside the area who parked cars in front of residents' drives.

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"The events stopped some residents from being able to go out after dark. Others had to close their doors and windows and couldn't enjoy their weekend in their gardens.

"The venue advertises itself as a restaurant but the evidence suggests its more geared towards selling alcohol.

"If the venue is a restaurant then why is it only open from Thursday to Sunday and on bank holidays? And why was it not part of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme?

"When someone who rents properties near to the bar told the owners they would complain, they replied if they did they wouldn't be able to carry on renting them.

"These issues have left some residents with life changing mental health issues. Some needed counselling, the impact has been devastating.

"The residents aren't anti-business and understand coronavirus has affected the venue, some went there before lockdown.

"But it should not be running to the detriment of their safety, well being and quality of life."

Helen Ward, who lives next door but one to the bar, said the outdoor area was like a "nightclub without walls".

Mrs Ward said: "I and some friends visited the venue as a group of six one weekend.

"We had to shout to hear each other. The majority of customers were drinking not eating.

"The noise has been constant, my husband had to go and ask the owners to turn the music down.

"We've considered selling our home. I just want to be able to enjoy the peace I've had at my home for 22 years."

Mrs Ward's husband Neil said: "This isn't speculation. It's a fact, this is going on now and goes on for 12 hours a day, it's grating.

"We can hear the noise from our bedroom window and the lights are a nuisance. It's been causing disruption to my sleep, I have to be up at 4am.

The solicitor acting for the applicants told the committee they accepted there had been too much noise from the venue since its reopening.

He added the music volume had been turned down and the applicants had cut the time requested for the garden in a "significant concession" to residents.

The solicitor said: "The applicants accept they have scored an own goal and that they need the local community on board.

"Coronavirus was the prime mover here. The venue lost half of its capacity inside so it had to innovate to remain viable, as other businesses have.

"The hours extension was requested to let customers who had come in at around 8.30pm to finish their meals outside rather than being moved in.

"Acceptance would create a more regulated environment in the outdoor area and allow the business to flourish.

"It would also create opportunities for the venue and residents to work together, they could agree on a volume of music and level of lighting acceptable to everyone."

The bar's owners said in a statement following the hearing: "We are obviously very disappointed by the decision not to extend the licence. Especially in these testing times.

"Our customers know the merit of our offering to the community which we will continue whilst maintaining the highest standards in all we do."