A LANDLORD has applied for permission to turn a former Worcester city centre restaurant into a 'flexible use' venue for events such as film screenings.

Roger Lethem, owner of the building on the corner of Angel Street and Angel Place, previously Panama Jacks, has applied for planning permission for ‘flexible use.’

Mr Lethem wants to open the building up to a variety of new businesses besides eateries, but needs permission from Worcester City Council to change its use.

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 based there to host events, such as film screenings.

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

The application was open for public consultation, which ended on August 19, and attracted two representations during that period, both objecting to the grant of an alcohol premises licence.

A spokesman for Worcester City Council said: “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.”