23rd Sep, 2019

Appeal expected after gin palace application fails

Rob George 27th Sep, 2017

AN APPEAL is expected to be launched against a decision to reject plans for a Victorian style gin palace in the heart of Worcester.

Members of Worcester City Council’s licensing sub-committee gave the thumbs down to plans for a Hogarth’s Gin Palace on the site of the derelict former Co-Op on Angel Street.

Applicants Amber Taverns had hoped to spend £1.4million converting the site into a venue serving more than 150 gins as well as gin sharing platters and a wide range of beers, ciders and real ales.

Hogarths brews four types of cask ale at its micro-brewery in Bolton which is then served throughout its pubs.

Had the licence been granted, the gin palace would have opened until 12.30am every day and 1.30am on Friday and Saturday.

But committee members Coun Jabba Riaz, Coun Jo Hodges and chairman Coun Simon Cronin ruled the application would contribute to the impact of late night establishments in the heart of Worcester.

The site lies within the Cumulative Impact Zone highlighted in the city council’s licensing policy meaning councillors can refuse an application if they believe a new premises would add to the impact of late night establishments.

After hearing representations from applicants Amber Taverns, West Mercia Police and Director of Public Health Francis Howie, the committee ruled the plans would add to the impact of late night venues in the city.

Amber Taverns declined to comment but the Observer understands an appeal will be made.

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