Nottingham bar to reopen after ‘cannabis party’

loft bar nottinghamA Nottingham bar is set to reopen after police moved to revoke its licence because of claims it hosted a “cannabis party”.

The owners of the Loft Bar in Mansfield Road worked with police and licensing specialists Fraser Brown to agree an action plan that would allow them to gain a new licence.

The bar closed after police responded to claims that customers were smoking cannabis at the venue in the run-up to Christmas 2013.

It was also alleged that the premises, located in Nottingham City Council’s cumulative impact zone, breached conditions of its licence.

After investigating, police made an application to review the licence and recommended that it should be revoked.

Working with the licensing department at Fraser Brown, the new action plan included voluntarily removing the bar’s tenant and management team, changing the premises to a more food-led operation and relocating the licensed area from the first floor to the ground floor.

As part of the action plan an application was made for a new licence for the ground floor which was granted subject to conditions agreed with the police and without a contested hearing. Following this, the existing licence for the first floor has been surrendered.

Walaiti Rathore, a licensing specialist at Fraser Brown, said: “This is a good example of partnership working between the police and the trade despite very serious allegations of criminal activity at the premises.

“This case demonstrates that if all the parties have a positive attitude towards working together then it is possible to agree proposals which will give a new business at the premises an opportunity to survive and move forward under a new concept even where the premises are located in a cumulative impact zone.

“It was good to see that the police did not allow the seriousness of the allegations or the location of the premises to affect their judgement.

“We worked with them to focus on what was relevant and the positive outcome that has been achieved will also benefit the local economy.”

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