One of the best strip clubs in Shoreditch Browns is seeking to renew its licence under the council’s controversial ‘nil’ policy that is aiming to clear the borough of ‘sex establishments’.
Browns has been one of the very few clubs that has managed to keep the flags up and operate as a strip-club since 2011 when the council banned all adult-entertainment venues.
Its application will be judged according to the sex establishment licensing policy, which also applies to the few venues that already existed when the new policies were introduced.
Even though Browns has had every annual licence renewal approved since the policy was introduced the regulations state that the council could refuse the application even if there have been no changes to the nature of neighbouring business or the surrounding area.
Hackney’s sex establishment licensing policy was introduced in 2011 despite massive opposition to the ‘nil’ policy recorded by a public consultation.
Of the 2,700 residents who answered a questionnaire in 2010, 68 per cent were against a ‘nil’ policy for sex cinemas, 78 per cent for sex shops and 67 per cent for strip clubs. For people living near the five venues that then existed the numbers were even higher.
Let’s hope that Brown’s application would be successful.
You can find more information on: http://hackneycitizen.co.uk/2016/03/29/shoreditch-strip-club-browns-bid-licence-renewal-tough-policy/
Albert Road strip club appeals to national planning inspectorate after Portsmouth rejection and wins
There is still hope for the lap-dancing industry.
Back in 2015, Elegance applied for planning permission to turn the former Conservative Social Club at 149 Albert Road into a bar and lap-dancing venue, sparking concerns amidst Portsmouth residents about the close proximity of the proposed site to Craneswater Junior School, as well as a number of community centres.
The application received a huge opposition and was rejected by Portsmouth City Council but has gone later to appeal to the UK’s planning inspectorate.
We could now see that the appeal was successful as the club is operating as an adult entertainment venue, albeit at an address very close by the original proposal.
The current site of Elegance is: http://www.elegance-eq.co.uk/contactus.php