Nottingham bar wins later licence despite objections


Bar BZRA nightclub in Nottingham’s Lace Market has won a later licence despite objections from local residents and being in a saturation zone.

Bar BZR in St Mary’s Gate has been given permission to extend its licenseable activities by half an hour so alcohol may now be served from 10pm to 2.30am Sundays to Thursdays and from 10pm to 3.30am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Residents objected on the grounds of public nuisance and crime and disorder which they argued would increase if the extension to the hours was granted.

They believed it would generally add to the cumulative impact already being experienced as a result of the number of licensed premises in the area.

The operators were helped by Walaiti Rathore, a licensing specialist at solicitors Fraser Brown, who successfully persuaded the licensing panel at Nottingham City Council to approve the application.

Councillors agreed there were exceptional circumstances for departing from their saturation policy on the basis that there would be no detrimental effect on nuisance or crime and disorder if the application was granted.

Walaiti said: “It is always challenging to persuade a licensing panel to depart from its own policy and such situations are rare. However, it is possible when you are able to present a justifiable case.

“The policy allows the licensing panel to be flexible where appropriate. The key factors in this case were a proactive working relationship with the authorities and the exceptional way in which the premises are operated.”

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