Nottingham bar overcomes objections to licence extension

Walaiti Rathore Fraser BrownA bar in Nottingham has gained a later licence and permission to increase capacity by nearly 95% despite objections and being in the heart of a city centre saturation zone.

Long Island in Market Street is now able to extend its hours up to 3.30am and can expand its licensed area from just the 400-capacity ground floor to include the first floor.

The application faced objections from Nottingham City Council’s planning department and the owner of the neighbouring premises on several grounds including public nuisance. There were concerns that it would affect people living in a residential development next door.

It was also argued that granting the application would generally add to the cumulative impact already being experienced as a result of the number of licensed premises in the area.

However, the owners of Long Island were able to overcome these barriers thanks to Walaiti Rathore (pictured), a licensing specialist at Nottingham solicitors Fraser Brown.

He successfully persuaded the licensing panel at Nottingham City Council that there were exceptional circumstances for them to depart from their saturation policy on the basis that there would be no detrimental effect if the application was granted.

He said: “This case was particularly challenging as the application was not only to extend the hours up to 3.30am but also to add an additional floor to the licensed area which already catered for 400 people.

“However, this case shows once again that, if you are able to present a justifiable case, then the policy allows the licensing panel to be flexible.

“The key factors in this case were the applicant’s unblemished record and the exceptional way in which they have operated licensed premises in the city centre.”

Lee Carroll, manager of Long Island, said: “The advice and guidance from the team at Fraser Brown has proven essential in securing permission to extend Long Island’s trading hours and capacity.”

It is the second time in two months that Fraser Brown has been able to persuade Nottingham’s licensing panel to depart from its own policy although Walaiti adds that “such situations are usually rare”.

In November, Bar BZR in St Mary’s Gate in Nottingham’s Lace Market won a later licence despite objections from local residents and being in a saturation zone. Click here for the full story.

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