Woodford Green venue backed by Premier League stars denied 'nightclub hours'

Super-rich backed restaurant loses out on late-licence bid

Super-rich backed restaurant loses out on late-licence bid

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A controversial new venue backed by Premier League stars has been granted a licence, but will not be staying open as late as owners hoped.

La Sala in Chigwell Road, Woodford Green, which counts Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling among its investors, applied to stay open until 1.30am at weekends and 12.30am every other day. 

However owners of the venue, who insisted it would operate largely as a restaurant, faced opposition from neighbours, who warned that previous occupiers of the building had failed to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour.

The licensing sub-committee considering the licence application reconvened at Ilford Town Hall yesterday after the decision was deferred on August 18.

The venue was granted permission to stay open until 11.30pm on weeknights, midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 10.30pm on Sundays. 

As a condition, a 6ft glass panel must be placed over the roof terrace facing Chigwell Road to ensure privacy.

Conservative group leader councillor Paul Canal, of Bridge Ward, opposed the application.

Reacting to the decision, he said: "Residents were determined not to risk a repeat of Deuce’s reign of terror and have succeeded in preventing La Sala having nightclub hours."

The owners of a La Sala venue in Marbella are currently locked in a dispute with neighbours over alleged noise disturbance. 

For more on this story see this week's Guardian - out Thursday

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11:49am Wed 27 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

Common sense at last. Well done to Cllr. Canales.
Common sense at last. Well done to Cllr. Canales. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -1

1:01pm Wed 27 Aug 14

jonny mash says...

If it is not going to be a nightclub it will not need nightclub hours. If Mr Oxfam-Chamberlain and his footy mates want to go out at 1am to drink Cristal champagne whilst listening to gangsta rap music I suggest they take a trip to London's West End.
If it is not going to be a nightclub it will not need nightclub hours. If Mr Oxfam-Chamberlain and his footy mates want to go out at 1am to drink Cristal champagne whilst listening to gangsta rap music I suggest they take a trip to London's West End. jonny mash
  • Score: -1

1:45pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Democrat1 says...

Common Sense Prevailed in the end despite all the going through the motions...... Place is destined to fail before it is even open..... Mr Chamberlin just an open cheque book to the backers......... Another failed investment from a footballer with more money than sense
Common Sense Prevailed in the end despite all the going through the motions...... Place is destined to fail before it is even open..... Mr Chamberlin just an open cheque book to the backers......... Another failed investment from a footballer with more money than sense Democrat1
  • Score: 3

10:01pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Gray Chingford says...

Like usual the rich want a classy joint near them but not in their back garden
And the common pub are being knocked down for expensive property 
Like usual the rich want a classy joint near them but not in their back garden And the common pub are being knocked down for expensive property  Gray Chingford
  • Score: 1

2:52pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Essexatheart says...

are u lot mad? it has sat empty like an eyesore for years now. They want to turn into a nice restuarant with a place to drink afterwards. Seriously, whats wrong with that? Its no longer a club or even just a bar. People will eat , then go for a drink afterwards. It's a completely different crowd, what is there not to understand about that?

Not to mention it will bring jobs to the area. Woodford and indeed more of Essex needs nicer restaurants like this.

its backward thinking like the above comments which leaves the east of london and essex trailing west london by as mile. West London hasa as wonderfully village feel with lotsa of restaurants and bars. They are welcomed. Here we just worry about as bit of noise. Noise?!?! Its on as main road for heavens sake, if the residents are worried about noise surely they wouldnt live on as main road?

Completely bonkers.
are u lot mad? it has sat empty like an eyesore for years now. They want to turn into a nice restuarant with a place to drink afterwards. Seriously, whats wrong with that? Its no longer a club or even just a bar. People will eat , then go for a drink afterwards. It's a completely different crowd, what is there not to understand about that? Not to mention it will bring jobs to the area. Woodford and indeed more of Essex needs nicer restaurants like this. its backward thinking like the above comments which leaves the east of london and essex trailing west london by as mile. West London hasa as wonderfully village feel with lotsa of restaurants and bars. They are welcomed. Here we just worry about as bit of noise. Noise?!?! Its on as main road for heavens sake, if the residents are worried about noise surely they wouldnt live on as main road? Completely bonkers. Essexatheart
  • Score: 0

11:36am Fri 29 Aug 14

jonny mash says...

Essexatheart wrote:
are u lot mad? it has sat empty like an eyesore for years now. They want to turn into a nice restuarant with a place to drink afterwards. Seriously, whats wrong with that? Its no longer a club or even just a bar. People will eat , then go for a drink afterwards. It's a completely different crowd, what is there not to understand about that?

Not to mention it will bring jobs to the area. Woodford and indeed more of Essex needs nicer restaurants like this.

its backward thinking like the above comments which leaves the east of london and essex trailing west london by as mile. West London hasa as wonderfully village feel with lotsa of restaurants and bars. They are welcomed. Here we just worry about as bit of noise. Noise?!?! Its on as main road for heavens sake, if the residents are worried about noise surely they wouldnt live on as main road?

Completely bonkers.
Mr Oxfam-Chamberlain - is that you? If so please calm down dear. Nobody is saying that the restaurant should not open, the commentators are arguing that the current hours are late enough and nightclub hours are not needed. It's an interesting comparison that you make between West Essex and West London. The major difference between the two is that for decades West London has been a centre for entertainment (Music venues, Bars, nightclubs, Raymond Revue Theatres etc) and residents moving to the area are aware of the fact and are probably seeking that sort of lifestyle. West Essex has traditionally been a commuter region popular with families. I believe local people want the restarant to do well and be part of the community but they do not want a late night club.
[quote][p][bold]Essexatheart[/bold] wrote: are u lot mad? it has sat empty like an eyesore for years now. They want to turn into a nice restuarant with a place to drink afterwards. Seriously, whats wrong with that? Its no longer a club or even just a bar. People will eat , then go for a drink afterwards. It's a completely different crowd, what is there not to understand about that? Not to mention it will bring jobs to the area. Woodford and indeed more of Essex needs nicer restaurants like this. its backward thinking like the above comments which leaves the east of london and essex trailing west london by as mile. West London hasa as wonderfully village feel with lotsa of restaurants and bars. They are welcomed. Here we just worry about as bit of noise. Noise?!?! Its on as main road for heavens sake, if the residents are worried about noise surely they wouldnt live on as main road? Completely bonkers.[/p][/quote]Mr Oxfam-Chamberlain - is that you? If so please calm down dear. Nobody is saying that the restaurant should not open, the commentators are arguing that the current hours are late enough and nightclub hours are not needed. It's an interesting comparison that you make between West Essex and West London. The major difference between the two is that for decades West London has been a centre for entertainment (Music venues, Bars, nightclubs, Raymond Revue Theatres etc) and residents moving to the area are aware of the fact and are probably seeking that sort of lifestyle. West Essex has traditionally been a commuter region popular with families. I believe local people want the restarant to do well and be part of the community but they do not want a late night club. jonny mash
  • Score: 1

11:49am Fri 29 Aug 14

MorrisHickey says...

Agree, Johnny - e've had enough of Mucky Fojoe.
Agree, Johnny - e've had enough of Mucky Fojoe. MorrisHickey
  • Score: 0

4:11pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Democrat1 says...

If you look at the proposals in any depth the comment was made at the hearing that there was what looked like a DJ Booth on the original plans that were submitted...... not sure how true that is.

You gotta love a trier no bonus for La Sala lawyer....... it was always going to be a restaurant guv honest
If you look at the proposals in any depth the comment was made at the hearing that there was what looked like a DJ Booth on the original plans that were submitted...... not sure how true that is. You gotta love a trier no bonus for La Sala lawyer....... it was always going to be a restaurant guv honest Democrat1
  • Score: 0

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