THE landlord of a former city restaurant has applied for planning permission to ‘change its use’.

Roger Lethem, owner of the building on the corner of Angel Street and Angel Place – former Panama Jacks - has applied for planning permission on the site to provide ‘flexible use.’

Mr Lethem wants to open the building up to a variety of new businesses.

Applicants need to apply for planning permission to change from one use class to another.

The building already has permission to serve alcohol but only alongside food.

Mr Lethem has applied for the building to be a leisure venue, which means if the application is approved it will allow the business to host events, such as film showings.


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Mr Lethem applied for an alcohol licence to sell beverages from 11am to 11pm and requested to serve late night refreshments (non-alcoholic) from 11pm to midnight.

The licensing application was open for public consultation, which ended on August 19, and attracted two representations during the period, both objecting the grant of a Premises licence.

A spokesman from Worcester City Council added: “The matter is therefore being referred to the Licensing Sub Committee for consideration (which is standard procedure in the case where objections are received), with a hearing likely to take place in the first week of September.”

As part of the application, there are several mandatory conditions that must be followed as part of its operating schedule.

One of the conditions include that the responsible person must ensure that staff do not participate in any irresponsible promotions in relation to the premises.

This includes games or other activities which encourage people to drink a quantity of alcohol within a time limit or drink as much as possible.

The condition also states that antisocial behaviour should not be glamourised, or the effects of drunkenness should not be displayed in a favourable manner.

Staff cannot provide unlimited quantities of alcohol free, at a discounted fee or as a prize to reward the consumption of alcohol over a period of 24 hours or less.

Alcohol dispensed directly by one person into the mouth of another (other than where that other person is unable to drink without assistance by reason of disability) is not allowed.