A popular pub in Northampton town centre has been granted permission to sell alcohol until 3am on a Thursday night in a bid to encourage more students to drink at the premises.
The Cordwainer, in The Ridings, is part of the JD Wetherspoon chain of pubs and currently opens until 3am on Friday and Saturday, 1am on a Thursday and midnight the rest of the week.
At a meeting of the licensing sub-committee on Monday, an application was made to extend the opening hours to 3am on a Thursday and 2am from Sunday to Wednesday.
Nigel Conner, making the application on behalf of Cordwainer pub manager Ian Gardner, said the pub was looking to develop a student night on a Wednesday or Thursday and wanted to encourage more customers to stay in the premises later.
He said: “On Wednesday and Thursday nights the pub tends to get busiest between 11pm and 11.30pm.
“People tend to stay on the premises for an hour and then go elsewhere. What we want to do is capture these people for the whole evening.
“We think this will be an advantage for the area as people will be staying in one place rather than walking round the town centre causing a noise disturbance.”
An objection against the variation of The Cordwainer’s licence was made by a Northampton Borough Council environmental health officer due to concerns the extended opening hours could lead to an increase in noise pollution on week nights.
The council also received one anonymous letter of objection which claimed the increase in opening hours could lead to an increase in problems with drunken behaviour and noise at closing time.