Council acts on lap dance club loophole 08 October 2009

A failed bit of hokery pokery is brought to an end..

A LEGAL loose end in a battle over a lap dancing club has been tied-up by Haringey Council officers this week. A planning bid outstanding by the owners of Music Palace in Tottenham Lane, Crouch End, was dismissed as irrelevant.

They wanted planning permission to turn the former Samaritans building into a “gentleman’s club”, but planning officers decided the changes proposed were not significant enough to warrant permission. The club failed to win a licence to hold lap dancing and striptease at the venue two weeks ago. It was refused due to the venue’s proximity to schools. A Haringey Council spokesman said: “We do not consider that the proposed changes in this application amount to a development for which planning permission is needed.”

The 220 people who wrote to the council with opinions on the planning bid have been notified, as have the venue’s owners. “It is now a decision for them as to whether they wish to formally withdraw the application,” said a council spokesman. “The licensing committee has already reached a decision on a licensing application for this premises and we will monitor the situation very closely to make sure that the owners comply with the conditions imposed by the committee.

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