PUB bosses seeking permission to sell alcohol into the early hours have backed down following angry protests from residents.
On Friday, The Woodside pub in Valley Road, Wistaston, was granted a licence to serve drinks until midnight at weekends at a meeting of the Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council's licensing committee.
But the terms were a far cry from those originally submitted by owners Spirit Group, which had included a request to trade until 2am four nights a week and an extension of the premises' entertainments and live music licence.
The application was changed at the last minute by the company's lawyers who feared the amount of public protest shown could lead to the licence being refused outright.
Dr Phillip Goggin, of Valley Road, Wistaston, one of 18 residents who wrote to the borough council objecting to the plans, said he was very pleased with the outcome.
He added: 'In the end it was a compromise but we are well satisfied. We thought the change of heart demonstrated that the influence of local residents is a force to be reckoned with after all.
'We are not gloating because we understand that pubs are themselves trying to make sense of the new laws, but all along our argument was that the hours being asked for were not appropriate for a residential area.
'We all hope we remain on good terms with everyone at the Woodside.'
A Spirit Group spokesman said that the change of mind did not rule out the possibility of seeking longer licensing hours in the future.
She said: 'We may, at a later date, have a look at the reasons why we felt it necessary to change the application, and see what we can do to achieve our aims.'
Cllr Stan Davies, who chaired Friday's meeting, said he felt that common sense had prevailed in the end.
'We've got to take into account the people who live near to licensed premises. The license hold-ers decided they didn't want to upset their neighbours and a compromise was reached.'
Cllr Davies added that, with the deadlines for the new alcohol licenses rapidly approaching, he was expecting a busy few months for the borough's licensing chiefs.
He said: 'Everyone has got to put an application in by November or else they will not be able to open. It could mean an awfully big workload for us if everyone leaves it to the last minute.'