A NEW wine bar which will offer tapas style food could be open by July.

Louise Rice has been given planning permission by Wycombe District Council to convert 19, Duke Street in Princes Risborough from a retail space to a wine bar.

There were eight letters of objection to the application but 14 of support and a petition of 122 signatures in support.

Ms Rice, who lives in Monks Risborough, said: "We want to offer something a little bit more up market than we have got at the moment. There will be wooden floors and nice relaxed music, tapas style food and nice wines."

The unit was previously occupied by Risborough Gallery but they have moved into the vacant shop next door.

There are some conditions attached to the planning permission including opening hours which should be between 11am and 11.30pm Monday to Friday, 10am to midnight on Saturdays and 10am to 10pm on Sundays.

There also needs to be a scheme in place to control any noise coming from the building.

The use of the premises as a wine bar should also be restricted to the ground floor of the building only, with ancillary staff office and storage space at first floor.

Ms Rice was also not allowed to have a rear garden area, but she has been given permission to put in a conservatory.

The 43-year-old said: "There's still so much to do. We have got to replace the roof and got to get building regulations for that.

"They said that will all be done by mid May. There will be a couple of months of full on building work and we are opening to open mid July."

She said the bar will seat about 40 people and added: "I think we need something like this. Wendover has a couple of nice wine bars and all the surroundings villages and towns."