PLANS to transform a high street shop into a new wine and craft ale bar have been met with fierce resistance from neighbours.

Businessman David Leape is seeking permission from Trafford Council to open the bar at the former Cara Tool Hire shop at 192 Church Road, Urmston.

A planning document reads: “The proposal is to open a new wine and craft ale bar as this has proven to be a success in a number of other villages.

“It would be a small local wine bar that would also offer craft ales and hot beverages.

“The proposed plans would complement the area well and the concept that we are offering would be a real difference to the existing pubs and bars in the area.”

The document continues: “The bar would enable people to relax on seating either indoors or outdoors, socialise and experience wines, craft beers from around the world.

“In addition, music would be played, at low volume,  during opening hours.”

Plans also include opening the bar Monday to Wednesday 12pm to 11pm and Thursday to Sunday 11am to 11pm.

Neighbour Sue Whitteker has objected to the application, claiming living next door to a wine bar would make her life a ‘misery’.

She added: “I work early mornings and late nights so living so close to a wine bar would be unacceptable because of constant noise, loud music and rowdiness of its customers.

“I’ve lived in my flat for more than 20 years and can’t believe that someone would want to turn a shop into a bar when there are flats above.”

Resident Andrew Levey also complained about the proposal and said opening a bar in the area would cause ‘noise and disruption’ at night.

And neighbour John Tayor said there were already enough bars, restaurants and takeaways in the area.