Locals who live near the new Hotel du Vin in Wimbledon have been angered over a bid was submitted by the hotel to host late events on its grounds.
An ‘outrangeous’ plan has been put forward to the council ahead of a meeting tonight to hold events with a bar in marquees at the front and back of the hotel, serve alcohol until 2am some evenings and put on live music.
The proposal has attracted 35 complaints, but the hotel’s general manager, Phil Lewis said he would be happy to meet with the community to discuss the proposals.
If it goes ahead, the 18th century hotel, which was bought by the boutique chain in November 2014, would be able to sell alcohol seven days a week from 10am to 2am, host entertainment throughout the week from 10am to midnight as well as serve late-night food from 11pm until midnight.
The hotel is also asking for the lifting of current restrictions for Christmas, Good Friday and New Year’s Eve, and is seeking permission to erect a large outdoor screen to show Wimbledon tennis matches during the championships.
It proposes to make food and alcohol available for residents and guests of residents 24 hours a day, as opposed to 11pm most evenings which is what its current license extends to.
West Side Common resident Struan Robertson said: "What has happened is this outrageous application has stirred a hornet’s nest and people are angry.
"Profit is all that is driving this chain.
"This is all at the expense of local residents – I can’t imagine anything worse."
Hotel du Vin’s application states that the company prides itself on being considerate to the surrounding neighbourhood and members of the public.
It said: "Noise levels will be kept at acceptable levels so as to cause minimum disturbance to the neighbourhood."
Speaking to Your Local Guardian, Phil Lewis, general manager Hotel du Vin, Wimbledon, said: "Hotel du Vin has requested an extension to their current licence to give guests a little more flexibility when hosting dinners and events here.
"Hotel du Vin is a high quality hotel group with properties across the United Kingdom and which are regarded by their various local communities as an asset.
"As such they are happy to discuss the licensing extension request with members of the Wimbledon community at the hearing being held and look forward to confirming a time that is considered appropriate by the majority of community stakeholders."