A popular music festival is looking to double in size going from 5,000 capacity to 10,000.

The annual Cornish Cyder Farm Festival, better known as Little Orchard Music and Cider Festival, held at Healey’s Cyder Farm at Callestick near Truro, has submitted a licensing application to Cornwall Council.

Objectors claim that the festival has already broken its licence by having 12,000 people attend this year’s event.

But organisers say that the 12,000 was across all three days of the event, with 4,000 attending each day.

As well as looking to increase the capacity of the event the venue has also applied to extend the hours so that recorded music can be played until 3am compared to the current limit of 1am and for alcohol to be served until 3am, while the current licence allows to 12.30am.

Under the application no glass would be allowed on site and the festival operates a Challenge 25 policy so that anyone who appears under the age of 25 has to prove their age, along with only allowing under 18s to attend with an adult.

Documents included as part of the licence application also indicate that the size of the site is set to increase considerably to allow for the extra capacity.

However the application has attracted a number of objections, including a number of signed objections from local residents from the Callestick area who attended a public meeting to discuss the licence application.

One objector, Neville Carter, states: “It would never be tolerated by the council or the police for families and children to be seen hanging around late night clubs in town and they certainly would not be able to get in, whereas Healey Cyder Farm have somehow convinced the licensing committee that they are all about innocent family fun – ‘Wurzels go to Disney’ – when, in fact, they are exposing children to the possible sale and consumption of one of the strongest types of alcohol brewed by themselves on the same application site, and for extended hours when the risks of fights and trouble are at their height.”

Mr Carter also claims that the event breached its licence at this year’s event saying that reports said that 12,000 people were in attendance.

However organisers have since clarified this figures saying that it was for the total attendance across all three days of the event with 4,000 each day.

The application is due to go before Cornwall Council’s licensing act sub committee when it meets next Wednesday December 12.