A PUB in Ibstone will be allowed to open until the early hours of the morning after managers and neighbours agreed an earlier closing time.

The Fox Country Inn’s owners applied to sell booze until their proposed later closing time of 2am and a decision was due to be made on this plan after a licensing meeting in April.

This meeting was suddenly scrapped, however, after it emerged neighbours had submitted ‘amended proposals’ to the pub’s bosses which were accepted.

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Instead of an initial proposed closing time of 2am, the Inn will be allowed to stay open from 7am to 1.30 am.

Alcohol is allowed to be sold until 1am Monday to Thursday, and until 1.30am Friday to Sunday.

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Live music is permitted from 11pm to 1am Monday to Thursday, and until 1.30am Monday to Sunday.

As part of the agreement, drinks are not allowed outside the premises after 11pm, a phone number will be made available to residents who might wish to ring up managers with noise concerns, and any complaints will have to be recorded.

Currently, the Country Inn is allowed to sell booze until midnight Sunday to Wednesday and until 1 am Thursday to Saturday.

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This agreement comes despite a number of residents outlining their concerns over increased noise, anti-social behaviour and drink-driving to Buckinghamshire Council previously.

One wrote: “The changes to the hours during the week are that of a nightclub.”

Thames Valley Police did not object to the application for later hours but a report outlining incidents at the pub highlighted a restriction officers requested three years ago.

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The Fox Inn was told it could only sell alcohol if a personal licence holder was on the premises in 2017 after police chiefs rapped pub bosses in for selling a vodka-and-coke to a teenage girl.

Police asked to review the licence held by the pub after a plainclothes officer was joined by the 14-year-old cadet undertaking a test purchase operation.