The Hippodrome is applying for a license from Brighton and Hove City Council

The Hippodrome’s owner has applied for a liquor license to serve alcohol on the premises, which are set to reopen as a hotel, private club and public bar.

Matsim Properties, owned by the Lambor family, began repairing and restoring the Grade II listed theater last year.

The company intends to create a flexible venue, restaurant and cafe, rooftop bar and terrace, “apart-hotel”, serviced offices and shops.

The license application covers the aparthotel’s dining and bar areas, a private members’ club, arts clubs and a lobby bar at the front of the building on Middle Street.

A Brighton and Hove City Council permitting panel is due to decide early next month whether to grant a permit.

The panel, made up of three councillors, will hear from applicants, Sussex Police, council officials, supporters and objections.

Matsim has applied for a license to sell alcohol daily from 10am to 11.30pm, with a New Year’s Eve extension to 2am on New Year’s Day. And it wants a 2 p.m. finish for another 18 events a year.

If the license is granted, hotel guests could always use minibars in their rooms.

The license would also include “late night refreshment,” allowing food and drinks to be served until midnight.

The Hippodrome is located in an area that the Council has designated as a “Cumulative Impact Zone” with stricter permitting rules due to the high crime and anti-social behavior associated with it.

But the owners have held talks with police to address their concerns. Suggestions to limit drinks to waiter service only for customers seated at tables in the members’ private bar and outside area.

Inspector Michelle Palmer-Harris of Sussex Police said the hippodrome changed its original application after discussions.

The force wanted under-18s to be barred from nightly or special entertainment events.

And while new off-sale licenses are rarely issued in central Brighton, police would accept the condition attached to the license that drinks could be sold in sealed containers at special events.

Customers departing after 11pm will do so on Ship Street, not Middle Street.

Inspector Palmer-Harris said: “Sussex Police believe that should the Committee grant this request, measures are in place to minimize the potential negative cumulative impact on the area.

“By applying the numerous conditions contained in the operational plan, as well as addressing discussions at the hearing, it is highly likely that the risk of adverse cumulative impacts will be mitigated and controlled.”

One objector, whose details were redacted by the council on its website, called on the committee to restrict any future license renewals.

The anonymous objector said: “We are aware that although we are in a cumulative impact zone, this license must be granted in order to make the entire hippodrome restoration project viable.

“But we would like to remind the committee that this part of the Old City is already subject to a tremendous amount of public nuisance, whether it be noise, urination, vomiting, littering, drug use or graffiti.”

A supporter, whose details were also redacted by the council, said: “This development is a welcome addition for Brighton as it offers more of a cultural and entertainment hub rather than a noisy pub or junk food joint, of which it is so many are the area.

“Trash won’t be a problem as I assume the food will be served on site in the cafe/restaurant and not take away.”

On Monday 3 October at 10am the Council’s Concessions Body will meet in Hove Town Hall.

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