A McDonald’s fast-food restaurant, located within the Junction Area of Archway cumulative impact area, has been granted a significant extension of its licensing hours to 3am on Friday and Saturday and 2am the remainder of the week. The extension, by way of a new premises licence application, was contested by residents’ groups, the Deputy Leader of Islington Council and responsible authorities. The licensing authority itself objected on the basis that the Archway cumulative impact policy (“CIP”) within Islington’s Statement of Licensing Policy established a presumption of refusal for such applications to prevent further stress on the licensing objectives. However, following detailed analysis of the materials before Islington Council when it introduced the Archway CIP, and proper interpretation of the wording of the policy itself, McDonald’s submission that the CIP did not apply to late night refreshment premises was accepted by Islington’s licensing sub-committee. Following a hearing on 8 March 2016 the premises licence was granted in the terms applied for.
Gary Grant acted for McDonald's instructed by Joshua Simons & Associates.