Moral Victory…Table dancing licence reinstated after Judicial Review of Chester’s council decision to close down Platinum Lounge

Posted: 1 May, 2014 in Strip Pubs
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platinum lounge chester logo Chester’s table-dancing club has won a High Court appeal against a council decision to close it down.Platinum Lounge, had its licence revoked by Cheshire West and Chester Council’s licensing committee last September for no real reason. The committee claimed that the nightclub, which has been open since 2005 without incident, was somehow too close to residential properties. The committee ruled that where Platinum Lounge was situated was no longer suitable due to an increase of 94 in the number of people living nearby.

The High Court judge ruled Cheshire West and Chester Council violated its own constitution when it refused to renew the licence of a lap-dancing club in the city’s historic heart. Mr Justice Stuart-Smith overturned the committee’s decision on the sole ground it was taken in breach of the council’s constitution. He said it was clear the decision should have been taken by a three-member sub-committee, rather than the full committee of 15:

It is clear beyond argument that the constitution said and meant that Bridgerow’s renewal application should have been decided by a panel of three members, drawn from the full committee on a politically proportionate basis. Equally clearly, that is not what happened.

Unfortunately the judge seemed to confirm that the council bollox that 94 new nearby residents was enough to close down an established business with a staff of 40. He commented that the reasons given by the committee:

while they could have been fuller and could have been more clearly expressed — were perfectly comprehensible.

The club has had its licence reinstated until a new renewal application is considered.

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