Just noticed that what used to be the big supermarket/off license on Borough High Street (opposite police station and next to The Ship) is being turned into a bar/night club. Seems to be the cafe next door (MAM Cafe) who have bought it.
I live just round the corner so not that impressed.
The trading address for that licence variation is 282-302 BHS - which is the address of the MAM Internet Cafe (see here for Streetview - http://tinyurl.com/qf2kjt).
It's a licence to allow alcohol, music and dancing (all 3 tend to be part of a package with the new licencing laws even if they dont intend to give space over the dancing).
I'll ask LB Southwark for clarification, but it doesnt appear to relate to the old Costcutter but to the smaller property.
Not least it would require a Planning Change of Use to go from a Retail Shope (A2) to a bar or cafe or restaurant (A3), followed by an application for a new licence. Whereas this is for a variation of an exisiting licence to amend what's allowed and when.
Rumours about the Costcutter have been rife for some time..and the noise and general building type of activities behind the shutters seem to point out that indeed the 3am licence applies to Costcutter rather than the cafe next to it. As a local who already has to put up with the side effects of over partying i.e vomit, urine, noise and other antisocial behaviours due to late licensing on Borough High Street, I am also very much concerned about it.
I was walking past yesterday afternoon and noticed someone taking the notice down. When I asked why he said his boss had asked him to take it down as the consultation period was finished. I said this didn't seem to tie in with the dates on the notice and he said he would go and speak to his boss again. However I can't seem to find the application on the Southwark licensing website so perhaps the application has been withdrawn?
On the matter of Licensing I have had some dealings (as an objector) with the Southwark Licensing Unit in the past and found them very helpful. So it's always worth objecting or asking for conditions to be attached to any license.