If you wish to object, plse note that your objection has to be based on any or all of the four grounds allowed under the licensing legislation. i.e:
•The prevention of crime and disorder
•Ensuring public safety
•The prevention of nuisance
•The protection of children from harm
I live very near and I plan to object, in particular on the ground it is very likely to be a nuisance: noise (music), people coming and going, rubbish/broken glass, transport chaos (minicabs etc). In my view it would be a very unwelcome addition to what is essentially a residential area, and very quiet and peaceful at weekends. There is no need for such a venue. A saturation policy for Bankside has been discussed, and in my opinion this is precisely the sort of venture which such a policy should aim to prevent. In any case, the site has been unsuccessful as a restaurant - i can't see it would succeed as a nightclub.
4am does seem to be excessive, especially for an area that has quite a few residents.
My advice would be to look carefully at the grounds of protection of children from harm - licensing committees take this one much more seriously than the others.
I can't comment on this application as I don't live nearby but I (along with other residents) did object to an application for extended opening hours elsewhere in SE1 several years ago.
We attended the licensing committee meeting and our concerns were listened to. The extended hours were not approved in full and numerous conditions were attached to the licence. Later when we thought one of the conditions was being breached we reported it to the Licensing department and they followed up very quickly.
So it definitely is worth objecting. In our case we found it helpful to attend the committee with a list of conditions we would like attached to the licence.
Apart from the above experience I have no connection with the Licensing Dept or Southwark Council !
I wish all you objectors the best of luck, I really do. My experience with Southwark Licensing showed me that they are quite professional but seem to have their hands tied by legislation which seems to have been drafted by the booze industry and implemented by weak government under Blair. His government could not recognise the obvious truth that the more you make alcohol available the more will be consumed and the more that is consumed the more problems will arise. 24 hour licensing ,and thus drinking, makes life unpleasant and sometimes dangerous (agressive, nasty selfish drunks)for those who live near such premises whether they are pubs, clubs, restaurants or minisupermarkets. I live near Isabella Street which should be called Nightmare Street because of the noise at night until 1-2a.m.in the morning. Shrieking women, foul mouthed men and women,hysterical laughter, fights, vandalism (why is it so much fun for them to damage residents' property when they are drunk?).Wednesday night was unusual in that there seemed to be a party in the open air which went on to at least 3:30 am. It should not happen because none of the premises are so licensed but it did happen and complaining to the council will not stop it happening again, not issueing the license in the first place would. Then their customers wait for their minicab continuing with their raucous celebrations only to be ended by the ceremony of seeing who can slam the cab doors loudest.Object, object,and object loudly and attend in person and get as many as possible to attend. Numbers are important to demonstrate that it is not just Mr. Killjoy objecting but responsible rate payers.
Update: my sources tell me that this application was refused this morning at the licensing sub-committee meeting, following a substantial number of objections from the local community and others. Good outcome as far as i'm concerned.