Councillors turn down 4am bid from Battersea Rise takeaway

Published: 1 December 2014

The owner of a takeaway restaurant in Battersea Rise has had his application to stay open until 4am at weekends rejected by Wandsworth councillors.

The council’s licensing sub-committee turned down proposals that would have allowed Basil & Pimento to remain open two hours longer than is currently permitted at weekends.

The owner also wanted permission to remain open until 3am on Friday mornings – an hour later than his existing licence permits.  

But the application was refused after councillors heard evidence that people living nearby would suffer increased levels of noise nuisance if the application was approved.

Councillors were told that residents would be kept awake by the sound of people entering and leaving the restaurant and from the noise of car stereos and car doors slamming from customers attracted to such a late night venue. Concerns were also expressed that patrons from other venues would be encouraged to loiter in the area for much longer rather than going home.

Committee chairman Cllr Caroline Usher said: “The opening hours requested here were just not appropriate.

“There are many people living nearby who would have faced unreasonable levels of disturbance until at least 4am and no doubt beyond that late hour and we were simply not prepared to sanction this.

“Our role is to help businesses thrive and grow where possible, but our overriding concern must be to protect the public from the impact of overly intrusive and unreasonable commercial proposals.”