A new wine bar will open inside the former Mojo's barbers unit on Lord Street in Southport

A new wine bar for Southport is seeking to gain its Premises License next week. 

Royales is due to open at 13 Lord Street, in the unit previously occupied by Mojo’s Barbers, which relocated to Cambridge Road Churchtown earlier this year. 

The planning application for the new wine bar and outdoor seating area on Lord Street has already been approved by Sefton Council. 

The council’s Licensing Sub-Committee will now decide on the venue’s Premises Licence and opening hours at a meeting on Monday, 17th May. 

Applicant Mr Ashram says his new business will create eight new jobs, four of them full time and four part-time. 

The wine bar would be open between 9am and midnight each day except for Sundays, when it would open between 9am and 10.30pm each day. 

The pavement cafe must not operate after 10pm, and outside of these hours all furniture including barriers should be removed from the highway and stored within the building.

In his report on the planning application, Sefton Council Chief Planning Officer Derek McKenzie said: “The proposal is located at the south end of Lord Street is currently vacant and last used as a barber’s shop.

“There are several restaurants and takeaways within the vicinity of the proposed wine bar and outside seating area would not be out of keeping with the character of Lord Street.

“It would also bring into use a vacant building and help to attract people to this end of Lord Street which traditionally has been difficult to attract the shopping public.

“The upper floors of the block are in a poor state of repair and the owner has been requested to make improvements to the building. These do not however form part of this planning application but the issue is being addressed by the Heritage at Risk Officer.”

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