Good news from the campaign!
The George Tavern has been given the right to appeal at the Court of Appeal in what is being seen as a test case for music venues, pubs and other established businesses facing similar situations across the country.
The Court of Appeal will consider whether planning authorities should allow new development, if it threatens established licensed premises. In particular, the Court will consider whether complaints from residents of any new development will put the operating licences of live music venues at risk.
Barrister Annabel Graham Paul who is representing the George said, “At the moment the law is failing licensed operators. Too many good music venues are facing closure because of inappropriate development. Local Authorities are confused about the relationship between planning and licensing decisions, and I’m pleased that the Court of Appeal has recognised it needs to examine this”.
The case will be heard by October… more news when we have it.
Before then, we’re aiming to collect names to show support for our case and for live music in the capital and throughout the country. Please take two minutes of your time and sign now (and spread the petition online via #savethegeorge !)