As one of the objectors to this licensing application, I have just been notified that this application will be approved by the Planning Department under their delagated powers. Please read the letter that I received from the Council to understand the reasons for their approval.
Recently we've have heard about a new policy that the Council will be using to try to control drinking in the Borough based on "saturation," however it appears that this policy would not come into play regarding this particular situation. If you wish to comment more about this, please use the comments section below as I know our Councillor Paul Convery would be interested in hearing them and he is a subscriber to our Bulletin Board.
The Community Bulletin Board as just received notification of Planning Application P101970 submitted for a change of use for 8 Caledonia Street, currently operating as a restaurant, the Kitchin N1. The application states: Change of use from A3 (restaurant) to A4 (bar/drinking establishment) on semi-basement floor.
Proposed Hours of Operation for BAR/Anticipated Licensed Hours
Opening Last Orders Premises Closes
Sunday – Wednesday 11:00 am 01:30 am 02:00 am
Thursday – Saturday 11:00 am 02:30 am 03:00 am
The Application is currently with the Case Officer David Farndon who can be contacted on 0207 527 2115 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Comments on this application must be made by 25-Nov-2010 and can be done via email or online, by clicking the link that takes you to the application.
Click here to see the full application
It is not clear why this Application is being filed as we would have assumed that this establishment already has the appropriate planning and licensing documents to serve alcohol, however I believe any change of use to a bar w/o a restaurant would not be in the best interest of our neighbourhood. The size of this place could easily make it a massive drinking venue, and one must assume the change in use would allow drinking without the need to serve food!
It should be interesting to see how the Council's new "saturation policy" on the number of bars/drinking establishments in a particular area will handle this new application for an area that already has numberous late-night licenses!