A FORMER Hale Barns wedding venue with a history of problems is set to become a ‘fine dining’ restaurant catering for up to 50 people.

Mohammad Khan had been seeking permission from town hall bosses to serve alcohol at The Cheshire Barn, located along Shay Lane.

During Thursday’s meeting of Trafford council’s licensing panel, Mr Khan reassured members that he could reopen the venue without repeating the noise nuisance and hygiene issues previously seen under old management.

“It’s going to be a place for people to come and enjoy a fine dining experience,” he said.

“It won’t have that nightclub feel to it.

“It’s going to be a high-class venue that will be managed in the right way.

“I want to reassure residents I will not be repeating past mistakes.”

Mr Khan also said the venue would not be used to host weddings or receptions, however, he will cater for private functions.   

Committee chairman Coun Anne Duffield quizzed Mr Khan on who is involved in the new business venture.

“I need to know about your relationship with the previous owner – it’s important because the public need assurance the venue is going to be managed properly this time,” she said.

“There has been a considerable amount of issues linked to this property in the past – and residents have suffered as a consequence – we cannot let that happen again.”

Mr Khan confirmed that he would be renting the property from the owner on a seven-year lease. 

“But he will not be involved the businesses in any way – he is my landlord and nothing more,” he added.     

Previously, while trading under the names Davenport Green Hall and Cheshire Hall, the business was plagued with noise and environmental health problems which sparked complaints from guests and residents.

In 2016, hygiene inspectors unearthed a catalogue of failings at the venue, including mouldy food and dirty fridges, during a routine inspection.

Managers were ordered to improve standards or face prosecution.

A new boss was drafted in to help restore its reputation after it received a string of complaints.

The business collapsed in 2018, according to a council report.

Meanwhile, members of the licencing committee approved Mr Khan’s application.

The new licence permits the sale of alcohol from 10am to 11pm Sunday to Wednesday – and 10am to 12pm Thursday to Saturday.

But with an added condition that guests are not allowed to drink outside after 10pm on Sunday to Wednesday or after 11pm Thursday to Saturday.

In addition, music is not allowed to be played outside.