Police oppose plans for new £500k bar with rooftop terrace in Truro
A major new £500,000 cafe-bar with a rooftop terrace is planned for Truro.
But police and other local businesses say Truro is already at “capacity” and the new venue, which would bring 20 new jobs, should not be allowed.
The national chain Loungers Ltd has applied for a licence to set up shop in the empty building on Prince’s Street next to Poundland.
Truro has what is called a cumulative impact policy in place, designed to block a proliferation of bars in the city.
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Truro police have opposed the licensing application. Inspector Mark Richards said: “I pass no judgment on the management of the Lounge and the way their business is run but the fact is that we are at capacity in Truro in terms of the number of punters we can fit in to go drinking on a Friday and Saturday night.”
The Lounge would be able to serve alcohol until 11pm from Sunday to Wednesday and up until midnight on Thursday to Saturday if successful.
Mr Richards said: “The consequences would be that we would expect to see a rise in anti-social behaviour and assaults. We are using the cumulative impact policy exactly as intended to freeze the night-time economy at a certain size.”
Representatives from the White Hart pub, Vertigo and Zafiros have all written to Cornwall Council to oppose the licensing application.
Loungers Ltd was granted planning consent for the site last month which include dropping part of the flat roof at the rear of the building to create an outdoor dining area.
Alex Reilley, Loungers Ltd managing director, said he believed the police were “duty-bound” to oppose the licence because of the cumulative impact policy.
He said: “This would be an investment of about £500,000. There’s a robust economic argument for the premises to be allowed a licence.”
Mr Reilley said his chain of cafe-bars were food-led and would enhance the city rather than resulting in an increase in anti-social behaviour.
He said: “Our sort of operation is not the kind of place that attracts vertical drinkers and the kind of activity that causes the police grief.”
The licensing hearing will be discussed at 10am on Wednesday at the Cornwall Council offices on Penwinick Road, St Austell.