Council planners have granted permission for an Ilkley bar to extend its opening hours until 1am on weekends, despite concerns about disturbance to people living close by.

Bradford Council planners have agreed to vary planning conditions at The Lister Arms, part of the JD Wetherspoon chain, allowing it to stay open until 1am on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Planning conditions previously said the bar could not stay open beyond midnight.

Concerns were raised about noise into the early hours for residents of the nearby Lister Court residential complex, where elderly people live.

Ilkley Parish Council recommended refusal of the application to vary planning conditions, saying the extension of opening hours until 1am was not acceptable in a residential area.

Ilkley Civic Society also pointed out how close the pub is to Lister Court, and two Ilkley residents objected to the plan, saying it would result in increased noise and disturbance for nearby residents.

But officers said it was not anticipated there would be any significant noise disturbance to Lister Court residents.

The windows in the flats do not directly face the pub, they said, and there is a garden and, vegetation and retaining wall in between.

In their report, officers said: “It is noted that these pub premises are within the town centre where several other restaurant, bar and pub premises have unrestricted hours of operation. Residents in Lister Court are as likely to be affected by people making their way home to the suburbs in the western side of Ilkley from these premises in the rest of the town centre as they are from the premises themselves.”

Wetherspoon gained permission last year to extend the pub into an adjacent empty unit at The Moors Shopping Centre.

Planning officers say there are also proposals for an external seating area, and a noise report has been submitted in relation to this scheme.