CONCERNS over noise, traffic and parking have been raised as a popular arts, performance and events venue on the Herefordshire border reveals its expansion plans.

The Globe at Hay, in the border town of Hay-on-Wye, as asked the Brecon Beacon National Park Authority if it can build a new garden pavilion, detached from the main building.

Housed in a former grade II-listed church, which closed in 1996, The Globe venue opened after 2000.


The proposed single-storey detached oak framed pavilion could be used to host separate events from those in the main building, as well as for linked activities, documents said.

Consultants, on behalf of applicant Mandy Houghton, Globe manager, said the long-established independent arts venue hosts live music, plays and exhibitions and has a café bar and restaurant.

The venue additionally hosts wedding ceremonies and receptions.

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But Hay Town Council minutes showed concerns had been raised over the bid.

Ward councillor Gareth Ratcliffe was asked to represent members of the public to raise questions about the plans.

Concerns were raised by the public over noise, traffic and parking, under capacity and amenities.


It was also noted that the original planning was for an art venue, but since then, minutes said it had been turned into an events venue which is not on any change of use planning applications.

Councillors noted that comments from Hay Town Council need to reflect the town as a whole, and mentioned the points.

A design and access statement said existing access arrangements to the site would be unaffected by the changes, if approved, and cars would still have to park off-site.