A takeaway refused permission for later opening hours has won its bid for a “trial run” this weekend.

Bim’s, in Ilford Lane, Ilford, applied to Redbridge Council in July to stay open until midnight from Sunday to Thursday and until 1am on Friday and Saturday.

Residents had complained that BIM’s had caused issues with littering, anti-social behaviour and nuisance, warning these might get worse if it was allowed to open later.

The council's licensing sub-committee refused, but owner Karim Zigheche submitted a “temporary event notice” to open for those hours this weekend on a one-off basis.

The committee heard from the restaurant's licensing lawyer David Dadds earlier this week, when he said BIM's wanted an “opportunity” to prove it could open later without impacting the local area.

Today the restaurant's representatives today announced it had been given permission.

Mr Dadds told the committee these issues have been addressed through litter bins and patrols, a member of staff dispersing customers at the door and staff refusing to serve anyone parked inappropriately.

The council's senior enforcement officer Rav Sappal had praised the business for the steps it had taken but insisted there would still be a “detrimental effect on the local area” if later hours were allowed to go ahead this weekend. Mr Dadds said: “This is a very, very professional business. You could not distinguish this restaurant, in my opinion, from a McDonald’s or a KFC, it’s a very high standard.

“Ilford Lane is a busy road, it’s not a leafy suburb, it’s an extension of the town. The hours we are asking for are not unreasonable.”