A SMALL brewery and shop selling beer has been agreed a drinks licence – despite the objections of some neighbours.

West Dorset district councillors agreed the application for the premises at Copper Street, almost opposite Dorchester South rail station, on the former Eldridge Pope brewery site.

The licensing committee, meeting on Monday, approved the application for retail sales of alcohol off the premises from 1000-1830 hrs, Monday-Thursday; 1000-1900 Friday and 1000-1700 on Saturdays.

The Copper Brewery shop said in its application that brewing will be taking place for a maximum of three days a week. The business will also offer brewery tours.

Objections to the proposal were submitted from residents at Copper Crescent who said they fear increased noise and smells and more drivers trying to park illegally in the area.