Late licence row ongoing

Henry's Bar and Grill, Lytham
Henry's Bar and Grill, Lytham
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PLANS for a popular bar to open late have hit a stumbling block after it emerged part of the venue might be operating without planning permission.

Cocktail bar Henry’s was granted its 1am licence last year – but it still needs planning consent to open late.

However a discussion into whether that should be granted had to be abandoned after it emerged the bar, which operates over the first floor between five and seven Henry Street, may only have permission to operate above number five.

The claims were made by business man Peter Whitehead, who owns and rents out neighbouring properties – including the second floor of number seven.

He made a last-ditch bid to block the bar’s extended hours and said: “The flat at second floor level goes above number seven and the existing planning permission in place for the restaurant with bar above only relates to number five, despite the fact part of this bar is in number seven.

“There is long-standing residential use on the upper floor.”

Meanwhile, Mr Whitehead’s flat is awaiting planning permission and planning officer Andrew Stell said an application had been submitted. It was awaiting determination by the council.

Roger Whiteman, who represented Henry’s bar at the hearing, said the licensing committee had dismissed the complaints of the tenant as a “private nuisance” when they granted the licence.

He added: “This application clearly benefits the vibrancy of Lytham town centre.”

But all the arguments will have to be heard for a second time after Mr Stell – who apologised to the committee – called for the application to be deferred so the planning permissions currently in place for Henry’s could be investigated.

Henry’s took over the Henry Street venue – and ploughed £300,000 into refurbishing it – after the Chicory restaurant and Flambe champagne bar was put up for sale in 2009.

The previous restaurant had traded on the site for seven years.