A number of local residents are objecting to the opening of another restaurant on Coldharbour Lane.
A planning application has been submitted for a change of license at 400 Coldharbour Lane, previously the office of cab company Granada Cars. The new owners plan to lease the space, at the bottom of Connaught Mansions, to Rosa’s Thai Cafe.
The chain, run by husband and wife Alex and Saiphin Moore, has spaces in Soho, Westfield, Spitalfields and Carnaby Street. In July, they said they were “very excited about opening a new site in Brixton” and want to address any issues the community has about the proposal.
Owner of the site Julian Pycraft confirmed to Brixton Blog he still intends it to be a branch of Rosa’s.
On Lambeth’s planning site, a number of residents have objected to the the application for the “change of use from Minicab office (Sui Generis) to restaurant (Class A3)” because they fear a restaurant would generate noise and smells.
One commenter said: “We use the roof space all the year round where we go for fresh air and to dry our laundry and nurture our roof gardens, we do not want fumes and more noise here.”
Others are concerned with the proposal to store food and rubbish in the basement of the building, saying this is likely to attract vermin.
Some residents also feel they were not given enough warning about the proposed changes. Consultation letters were apparently sent out to Coldharbour Lane residents on December 23 and letters to Connaught Mansion were sent out on January 13.
However, local resident Talya Tibbon said: “the planning officer confirmed that they actually didn’t send the letters out initially and only following my conversation with her on January 12 did they go out. The application is claiming to have ‘consulted’ us and to be ‘supported’ by neighboring businesses, which is not the case.”
Lambeth Council say they have followed the correct procedure. A council spokesman said: “Consultation letters were initially sent to local residents on December 23 with a second batch of letters sent out on January 13, following an initial review from the Planning Officer. Residents can comment on the application until February 3.
“We encourage as many residents as possible to have their say on planning applications.”
If you are a local resident and would like to have your say visit Lambeth Council’s planning site