Live music cafe for former village shop

A CHEF hoping to promote local food is leading a venture to convert a village shop in to a tea rooms.

Hathersage man Oliver Kemp is hoping to create a new cafe in Tansley.

The plans could also see local musicians playing at the former shop and post office, at the Knoll.

Mr Kemp hosted a meeting with villagers to discuss his proposals after six residents raised fears about noise, parking problems, loss of privacy and the venue encouraging drunken and anti social behaviour.

In a letter to Derbyshire Dales District Council Rhoda Hamer, who has lived next door to the premise for 31 years, said: “The granting of this licence would have an overbearing impact on me as I would lose the privacy I have enjoyed since moving her in 1980, particularly from proposed outdoor diners, noise from live and recorded music, car doors slamming and cooking smells.”

Rosalind and David Jones said: “We have some concerns that the premises will encourage older children to the area late into the evening.”

The district council granted a premises licence for the venue.

Mr Kemp is now set to submit a planning application to convert the building.

He said: “Thirty people came along to the meeting I held and most said it sounds really nice and will be a good addition to the village.

“People had fears it would be like a bar cafe and I explained it won’t be like that at all.

“I hope to have local musicians playing and do something that would be an accompaniment to dining.

“I was born in a village and do appreciate village values. We will be living above the premise so want to be part of the community.”

The proposals could see a tea rooms created, serving homemade cakes and food with plans to serve evening meals at weekends in the summer and host live music.

Mr Kemp added: “I’m very much in to local produce and support the food hub in Matlock and the farmers market.

“I also hope to hold cooking classes for children in the future.”