PLANS to create a beer garden in the centre of Musselburgh have been given the thumbs up, despite public objections.

East Lothian Council granted approval for alterations to the former Mexican restaurant Habaneros on High Street, which closed in July after about two-and-a-half years in business.

In addition to the beer garden planned for the back of the building, outdoor seating areas, a pop-up bar and erection of pergolas were granted permission. A proposed projector screen in the beer garden is now no longer planned.

A spokesperson for Star Pubs & Bars, which owns the premises – which prior to being turned into a Mexican restaurant had been home to the Burgh bar – previously told the Courier that the company intended to turn it into “a modern premium bar”.

She said it was hoped that a new licensee would take on the venture, which would offer food throughout the day and alfresco dining.

She said the proposed investment followed on from another recent refurbishment project involving Star Pubs & Bars at The Seaglass Inn, Port Seton.

The eight public objections in relation to the beer garden included a claim that it would generate “harmful noise, disturbance and nuisance” which would affect the amenity of neighbours.

Police raised no objection to the plan, which was dealt with by planners under delegated powers without going to the planning committee.

A planning report also stated that the beer garden would be contained within high stone walls.

A number of conditions were imposed for the beer garden, including that it should only be used from 11am to 8pm on any day of the week and there should be no public entertainment or amplified/live music.