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Crouch End residents' anger over new plan for lap dance club

PUBLISHED: 15:01 18 June 2009 | UPDATED: 16:16 07 September 2010

CROUCH END residents are furious that a night club has resubmitted plans to turns its premises into a lap dancing club. More than 1,500 residents signed the lap off campaign in March this year after it emerged that the Music Palace in Tottenham Lane hop

CROUCH END residents are furious that a night club has resubmitted plans to turns its premises into a lap dancing club.

More than 1,500 residents signed the "lap off" campaign in March this year after it emerged that the Music Palace in Tottenham Lane hoped to turn its premises into a gentleman's club, with opening hours from 11am to 2am from Friday to Saturday and 11am to 12pm Monday to Thursday.

Residents were incensed that the club could open within a stone's throw from three schools and the owners withdrew their application.

But this week, it emerged that they have submitted a fresh application. The new plans are for a "change of use" rather than a new licence - from a nightclub to a gentleman's club with a private dancing space.

Resident Lindsay Wright said: "Lapoff will be meeting soon to determine what we can do next. One wonders why, when all the indications are that they will not get this licence, the Music Palace are still soldiering on with the amendments. It proves to us that they are not really keeping abreast of developments."

Lib Dem Crouch End Cllr, Dave Winskill, called on Haringey Council to organise a public planning forum.

He said: "This club is simply not wanted in Crouch End and we'll make every effort to ensure that it doesn't get the appropriate permission."

Lynne Featherstone MP said: "Residents need to be given enough time and opportunity to raise their concerns with this application, and I will be with them every step of the way to make sure this happens."

In April, Adrian Essex, of Fairfield Road, Crouch End obtained details of the building's lease and discovered that the landlord had requested that the site - which used to be used by the Salvation Army - should not be used for "any illegal or immoral purpose". He also found that the landlord did not want the building to be used in any way which may cause nuisance to the neighbourhood.

No one from the Music Palace was available for comment.

Residents will have until the end of June to object and the final planning decision is likely to be taken by July 30. Residents can comment at the council's website, www.planningservices. haringey.gov.uk. Enter reference HGY/2009/0953.

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