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Two new venues in Norwich’s Prince of Wales Road to find out if they will get licences

PUBLISHED: 15:00 10 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:01 11 June 2018

Prince of Wales Road, Norwich. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Prince of Wales Road, Norwich. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Two new late night venues in Prince of Wales Road will soon find out whether they will be granted licences .

Ben Price, Green city councillor for Thorpe Hamlet. Pic: SubmittedBen Price, Green city councillor for Thorpe Hamlet. Pic: Submitted

Licensing applications have been lodged for a venue by the name of Red Rock Cafe at 20 Prince of Wales Road and at 16 Prince of Wales Road, called Vanity.

Derby-based applicant Chang Hai Wang, wants a licence to run the basement and ground floor of 16, Prince of Wales Road as a club on Fridays, Saturdays and Bank Holidays.

The ground floor would be a pub from Monday to Sunday, with the first and second floors serving as private function rooms.

He is seeking permission to serve alcohol from 12pm until 3am each day and says all staff would be trained to deal with anti-social behaviour and to search for weapons and drugs on arrival.

However, Norfolk police has raised concerns about the application.

Michelle Bartram, the force’s licensing officer, in documents which will be considered by Norwich City Council’s licensing committee tomorrow, said: “There are concerns as there is no clear business plan on how the venue will operate. Police are unable to make an assessment on the potential impact it could have to the local area.”

Among objectors is Ben Price, Green city councillor for Thorpe Hamlet. He says the council’s cumulative impact policy puts the onus on the applicant to show it will not have a negative impact and says the application does not do that.

A decision to grant permission will rest with the committee, who will meet again on Tuesday to decide whether Andrew Gotts should be granted a licence for the Red Rock Cafe at 20, Prince of Wales Road.

The application says the venue would be aimed at a mature customer base, with an entry charge on Friday and Saturday night. Alcohol would be sold from 10am until 3.30am Monday to Sunday.

It says: “The target age group are the over 25s, although the music, lighting, décor and furniture is intended to appeal to an older demographic so the average age of our customers will be 35+.”

Police do not have concerns about that application and say Mr Gotts, who runs Fluke in Prince of Wales Road, has “proven he can operate a premises within the night time economy without causing a significant impact to the area.”

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