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Businesses have welcomed a decision to grant an extended alcohol licence to a wedding venue.

The Great Hall in Adelaide Road can now sell alcohol until 11.30pm during the week and midnight at weekends.

Despite at least ten letters of complaint from neighbouring properties expressing fears over anti-social behaviour, the licence for the grade II-listed building was granted by Waltham Forest Council’s licensing committee.

Owner Michael Polledri, chairman of Lea Valley Estates Ltd, took over the running of the venue in 2006 and begun refurbishment work two years ago.

Now, the company describe it as “the ultimate” wedding venue in Waltham Forest.

The controversial decision was welcomed by business owners, who believe they will benefit from the wedding trade thanks to the hall.

The owner of bridal and accessories store ‘Princess Boutique’, in Leyton High Road, said she supports the later licence decision as her customers have spoken highly of the venue.

Penny Philippou said: “The Great Hall will give locals and businesses like myself the opportunity to collaborate with this wonderful space.

“I have a bridal section so I have recommended it to customers a few times and they tell me how much they like it.”

Michal Krupski, owner of Blink Solutions Ltd, held his own wedding there and provides equipment hire for other functions.

He said that the later licence will help his business, calling the venue a ‘high quality’ establishment.

The decision was made during a council planning and licensing committee meeting last week.