A POPULAR cocktail bar has finally been given the go-ahead for late-night opening.
A long-running planning argument had seen plans for Henry’s Bar and Grill in Lytham to extend its opening hours hit by delays.
But the Henry Street nightspot has finally got the planning permission it needs – although councillors have ordered it to close by 1am rather than the 1.30am bar bosses wanted.
The decision came after an application to legalise the unlawfully occupied flat above – which has been beset by noise problems from the bar – was thrown out.
Businessman Peter Whitehead already has a tenant living in the flat, and told Fylde Council’s planning committee yesterday residential use there was “well-established”.
He also pointed out a similar application from the same premises – which used to be the Chicory restaurant with Flambe above – had been thrown out back in 2005 because of fears about the impact on local residents, and he added “nothing has changed” since that date. However, councillors disagreed, refusing permission for the flat to be used as a residential property while allowing Henry’s to extend its opening hours.
Coun Charlie Duffy said: “I think in recent years Henry Street in Lytham has changed a bit and there’s more places open late, so I have no problem with this.
“Since it was refused a few years ago I think things have changed.”
Roger Whiteman, who spoke on behalf of Henry’s, said the application “clearly benefits the vibrancy of Lytham town centre”.
There was an issue raised at the last planning meeting part of the bar may have been operating without planning permission, but officers clarified this was not the case.
The new licence states no customers can enter after midnight.