JDW wins battle to stop resident having objection heard

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JD Wetherspoon has won a landmark battle to stop a resident from having his objection heard over plans for extended hours at one of its pubs....

JD Wetherspoon has won a landmark battle to stop a resident from having his objection heard over plans for extended hours at one of its pubs.​ Birmingham City Council said the resident, who lives 150 metres from the Figure of Eight pub in Broad Street, was not in the "immediate vicinity" and would not be allowed to have a say.

The British Beer and Pub Association in the Midlands, said it hoped other authorities would take note of the Birmingham decision, which means the pub has been allowed to open from 9am to 3am daily.

Jacqui Kennedy, who heads up licensing at the council, said: "There are a number of other commercial buildings that surround the pub and the committee determined that the resident was not in the immediate vicinity of the pub."

A spokesman for JD Wetherspoon said the company was pleased the council had exercised "common sense".

It is down to a local authority to determine what is meant by the "local vicinity", the Department for Culture, Media and Sport confirmed.

"If you are in a small village then it may be any residents within a square mile that can object," a spokeswoman added.

"But if you are in a big city, then it may only be anywhere that is within a 100 metres of a pub."

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