Earlier this afternoon the Development Control committee (who decide on planning applications) voted for the new nightclub in Woolhall Street, but against the Angel Hill creperie. I believe the latter was the right decision, given the conservation issues, the possible precedent and the effect on traders.
Whether the former will have been as good a decision remains to be seen. I was pleased to have called it in for consideration by the committee rather than just allow the approval by officers: it gave a platform to the residents' spokesman and allowed me to question certain aspects of the report. It also let the committee deliberate the matter, which they did with some thought.
I was however disappointed that my pointing out the same closing time of 2am, and also suggesting a temporary permission to see how things go, were not developed further. Democracy has certainly been the winner but we shall have to hope that the residents of Kings Road are not the losers.