Send photos, video and news by texting GUARDIAN SERIES to 80360 (cost 10p), or email us
Mezesphere on Loughton High Road will be another business selling booze late into the night when it opens
A new restaurant has been granted permission to sell alcohol late at night.
Despite many letters of objection, Epping Forest District Council Planning Sub-committee approved an application from Mezesphere to sell booze until midnight, from Monday until Saturday at a new premises in Loughton.
The turkish restaurant in High Road is due to open shortly.
Pastor Roland Brown, of nearby Forest Hall Church, represented complainants at the committee meeting earlier this month.
He said: “The Forest Hall steps continually attract bottles, broken or otherwise.”
“Another premises of this nature so close to this building will put young people at risk.”
A number of residents living near the restaurant objected to the application, including James McGinley of Algers Road.
He said: “There are six premises serving alcohol around the premises which is in the application.
“Therefore I do not think it is necessary to add to the list.”
Aysegul Ozkan is director of Medmix Limited, which owns the restaurant.
She insisted that although people will congregate outside to smoke, as there is no smoking area, and will be allowed to take bottles home, the restaurant will not add to anti-social behaviour.
During the meeting Mrs Ozkan explained that the restaurant would not sell alcohol to anybody who is not eating and that it will be a family-friendly environment.
Mezesphere will occupy 112-120 High Road, although the opening date is yet to be confirmed.
Nearby Nu Bar was recently granted permission to extend its opening hours after police withdrew its objection, despite complaints from people living nearby.
The Guardian has been informed that the company has put in a similar application relating to a restaurant opening in Epping, which will be considered on October 14.
Comments are closed on this article.