A New York hotel has been given permission to serve alcohol despite opposition from residents and local consultants.
The Clifton Bridge Hotel, which includes 14 bedrooms in the Water End, will be able to serve drinks to dine-in customers from noon until 11 p.m.
North Yorkshire Police did not object, but 11 objections were received, mostly from neighbours.
Clifton wing advisors Margaret Wells and Danny Myers also objected.
“Residents feel there is a risk to this small area of Clifton of increased crime and increased public nuisance,” Clare Myers said at a licensing committee meeting on Monday.
“It’s a residential area, and I consider it a very sensitive area – there are many families and a lot of elderly residents.”
Sandra Branigan, representing one of the objectors, said there would “inevitably” be more noise and disruption for residents.
She added: “Locals in this location expect the quiet enjoyment of their homes. This is not a downtown location, Pechy Road or another location in York where it could be argued that there is an expectation of some level of noise and disturbance.”
But Charles Holland, who represents the hotel, said Ms Brannigan was looking at the application through a “disastrous lens”.
He added: “The fears often expressed by residents have been exaggerated by the requests in front of you.
“It is completely unreasonable to suggest that a small 14-bedroom hotel would have the audacity to ask you to offer something along the lines of what it once offered would be the cause of a nightclub, a carousel or music festival-style crime, chaos or public inconvenience.”
The family-run hotel has been licensed in the past.
The owners originally applied for a new license last year, but then withdrew their application at the last minute.
Under the new license granted by councilors, meals and drinks can be served to a maximum of 43 people inside and 20 people outside. There will be no bar service.
Hotel manager Arthur Viraioli, who lives in the building, said: “It’s a family-only project. I don’t want large groups of people – they will be stopped at the gate.”
“I have been there for 17 years. No incidents or charges have been brought to the police – I have never had any problems.”