Bid to sell alcohol at proposed new Londis store is refused

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A retail business has been refused a licence to sell alcohol and to open seven days a week at a proposed new city centre store.

Londis planned to open a new branch in Derby Road, and submitted proposals to Nottingham City Council to sell alcohol between the hours of 9am and 10pm, Monday to Sundays.

It also sought permission from the city council to open from Monday to Sunday from 6am to 11pm.

But the city council’s licensing panel rejected both parts of the plan on February 7.

When asked by the Post if it would still go ahead with opening the new branch, FHP, the commercial property agents marketing the site for rent, said the decision was "up in the air".

A spokesman for Nottingham City Council said: "Each application is decided on its own merits and although extra conditions were suggested to control the sale of alcohol, it was felt that as the previous licence lapsed a number of years ago and this application was not exceptional, it could not be given the go-ahead.

"Concerns also remain about alcohol consumption in the surrounding area and about the applicant’s management of their other licensed premises in the city."

Previously, the empty shop unit was occupied by supermarket chain Budgens', but it ceased trading a four years ago - and it has stood vacant ever since.

Local residents gave their views on the rejected plans.

James White, 34, of Lenton, said he was "pleased to hear" the application had been rejected.

The accountant said: "I walk down this road every morning to work, and always see bleary eyed students walking back home.

"To open another store on this street to sell alcohol would have made no sense. It's right as you head into town, everyone would just offload as much as they could before they started their night.

"It feels like a calculated move to open the shop there, but the welfare of Nottingham residents comes first."

But Pete McNulty, 24, an audiology student who lives on Maid Marian Way was dissapointed.

He said: "For students, a shop there would have been helpful. Tesco is the main shop in the city and it isn't really a problem to go there but I would prefer to use a Londis or corner shop for getting my bits and bobs."

Charlotte Smith, 23, a child studies student who gets the bus on Derby Road on her way to Nottingham Trent University, said she agreed.

She said: "I would have definitely used it as it is right on my route into university as I get off the bus here.

"Other shops do sell alcohol, but this would have been perfect right as we headed into town. I hope they appeal the decision."

Oliver Marshall, a surveyor at FHP who was a present at the hearing last week, said: "It is a vacant property and has been for around four years.

"We were hoping to let it out to a franchisee for Londis, but now after last week's decision that is up in the air.

"The proposed tenant needs to decided if they want to go down the route of appealing the licensing decision.

"A convenience store does not work without a licence, people get everything from one place. If the store doesn't have what you need, you will go elsewhere."