WESTOW HILL DRINKS LICENCE APPLICATION HEARING SET FOR NEXT WEDNESDAY

An application for a drinks licence at the former Bradley’s / Plumbase building at 58 – 60 Westow Hill is set to be heard next Wednesday morning at Croydon town hall (10.30am).

The council’s licensing sub-committee will consider a string of objections to granting a licence for the building. The council have already given a separate planning permission  to turn the property, built as a Burton tailors store, into a pub.

The application seeks the following licensable activity between the hours shown – The Sale by Retail of Alcohol – Sunday to Wednesday 1000 hours until 2300 hours Thursday to Saturday 1000 hours until 0000 hours (midnight) An additional hour on the Friday, Saturday & Sunday of bank holiday weekends and an additional 2 hours on New Year’s Eve

The Provision of Regulated Entertainment, namely Recorded Music – Sunday to Wednesday 1000 hours until 2300 hours Thursday to Saturday 1000 hours until 0000 hours (midnight) An additional hour on the Friday, Saturday & Sunday of bank holiday weekends and an additional 2 hours on New Year’s Eve.

Objections include:

  • Residents were able to hear employees of Plumbase in their premises when it was open.
  • A ‘limitless’ number of smokers will gather outside creating a health hazard and making it difficult to walk along the pavement. “Already many bars along this road have so many smokers outside.”
  • Limiting the numbers of smokers outside would be ineffective unless door staff are employed.
  • Potential capacity of 200 to 250 people on the proposed premises – proposed bi-fold doors at front would make it impossible to contain the noise coming from the clientele and the music
  • Antic already own two bars on Westow Hill – do they really need to own a third?
  • There are already 10 pubs and bars – with a further 15 food outlets with alcohol licences on Westow Hill
  • The residential access way (side passage) to flats above the building is not owned by the applicant – residential use should take priority for the safety of the residents.
  • The pavement on the Croydon side of Westow Hill is narrower than the pavement on the Lambeth borough side opposite. “This will create a pedestrian conflict for parents with buggies or disabled or with wheelchair  or motor-assisted members of the public.”
  • The proposed loading bay cannot accommodate the 18 ton trucks required by the applicant to make alcohol deliveries. They will need to use parking spaces or the nearest loading bay which is 80 metres from the unit just past St Aubyn’s Road.
  • Deliveries creating ‘unsafe environment’ on the highway
  • Kegs would be rolled through the premises from the front  which could be dangerous for patrons and small children.
  • New taxi rank on Westow Hill would mean customers loitering until they are picked up by taxis.

Petition from ‘residents and friends’ of the Triangle signed by 163 people objects to the licence on the grounds of ‘cumulative impact and public nuisance’.

Planning permission was granted for alterations and use of ground floor for A3 (Restaurant and Cafe) and A4 (Drinking Establishment) Uses, installation of new shopfront and awning, erection of extractor fan at rear, erection of gate in side access and provision of landscaping features, provision of associated refuse storage to rear by a Croydon council planning sub-committee on February 28th this year.

Conditions attached include the following:

13 Prior to the commencement of the A3 Use Class and/or A4 Use Class, the developer shall provide written evidence to the Local Planning Authority that a S278 Highways Agreement (or similar written agreement with the Local Planning Authority’s Highways Team) has been made for the provision of a loading bay for delivery vehicles on Westow Hill, as specified on the approved plans submitted with the application. The loading bay shall be provided prior to the commencement of the A3 Use Class and/or A4 Use Class and once implemented shall be retained as such for so long as the development is in existence.

(Note: The council has published a statement of licensing policy. This is available on the council website at http://www.croydon.gov.uk . Hard copies are also available from the council’s place department and copies of the policy will also be available at the licensing sub committee hearing.)

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