The country's leading independent craft brewery, Brewdog, was granted a new premises licence for a pub in York's historic city centre as an exception to York's cumulative impact policy. However, the decision was appealed by a local resident who gained support from several local residents including the Bishop of Beverley. The residents, represented by Leading Counsel, appealed to York Magistrates' Court to overturn the grant. York City Council, as well as Brewdog, successfully defended the decision and the appeal was dismissed. Gary Grant represented City of York Council instructed by Alison Hartley of York's legal department.