Councillors reject plans for late night Lavender Hill bar
Published: Wednesday 27th May 15
Councillors have backed residents who were opposed to a new late night bar opening in Clapham Junction.
Wandsworth’s licensing sub-committee has refused to grant a late night drinks licence to the Grand Union bar and restaurant in Lavender Hill.
The owners had asked for a licence that would have permitted them to serve drinks to nearly 400 customers as late as 3am at weekends and to play music until 2.30am.
The premises currently has a licence in connection with its former use as a restaurant which permitted the sale of alcohol until 11pm on weekdays and at weekends and until 10.30pm on a Sunday.
Residents living in the area argued that the business would cause noise nuisance and could lead to increased anti-social behaviour in the area. The Met Police also expressed anxiety about the venue’s size, capacity and opening hours, while the council’s noise team said it had concerns about the noise from customers arriving and leaving in the early hours.
Chairman of the sub-committee Cllr Caroline Usher said: “Having heard the evidence and listened carefully to both sides of the argument, we strongly felt that allowing these premises to remain open until 3am would be a mistake. The impact on neighbours, especially those with young children would have just been too intrusive and too severe.”