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TAKEAWAY: ‘Significant noise and odour’ fears

TAKEAWAY: ‘Significant noise and odour’ fears

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A Small Heath takeaway restaurant should not be granted a late-night licence, chiefs have argued – due to the ‘significant noise and odour’ it could cause.

Lasani Diners, on Coventry Road, is due before the council next week with an application to remain open until 3am throughout the week.

The restaurant, which serves a selection of kebabs, curries, burgers and karahi, currently operates until 11pm from Monday to Sunday, with the application looking to extend this by three hours each day.

And while West Midlands Police said they will support the application subject to certain conditions being met, a representative for environmental health believes the suggested conditions are ‘wholly inadequate’, and has argued against the proposals.

“I formally raise a representation based on my concerns that the grant of the licence will not support the promotion of the licensing objective relating to the prevention of public nuisance,” they wrote.

“The application is for late night refreshment between 11pm and 3am hours to include restaurant, takeaway and delivery. I know that the premises has historically been used as a fish and chip shop but there has been no previous late night refreshment activity at the location.

“The plan indicates a significant seating area on the ground floor and a takeaway area at the front of the shop. The first floor of the premises is occupied as a residential use.

“The applicant has suggested some conditions but these are wholly inadequate to address the potential adverse impacts.

“Based on the information provided there will be a significant noise and odour
impact from the current extraction system as this terminates very close to a first floor window, potential noise from the use of the ground floor premises, noise from patrons exiting and entering and also vehicle noise related to collection/delivery of food.

“The fundamental issue is the late hour requested. Given the location I cannot support the hours requested and my concerns could not be addressed by conditions hence my representation.”

If successful in its application, the restaurant would have to adhere to the conditions suggested by West Midlands Police, these being:

  • The installation of CCTV, to be checked on a regular basis and replaced if necessary.
  • No alcohol to be consumed on the premises.
  • Training of all staff, with a member of staff available at all times to liaise with responsible authorities.

The hearing will take place next Monday (September 20).

Words: Tom Dare, Local Democracy Reporter

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