A license to sell alcohol until 2am in the morning at the former site of a Subways sandwich bar has been recommended for refusal.

The Grade Two listed building at 12 Church Street is currently empty but was formerly occupied by the sandwich bar and food chain.

The building was taken back on February 21 by the landlord, according to a note pinned on the door by Beacon Enforcements at the time.

At a meeting of Falmouth Town Council’s licensing committee on Monday evening (October 16), the applicant told councillors that selling alcohol that late was the only way he could afford the high rent that the landlord wanted.

He said they hadn’t signed any agreement to take over the building but this application was exploratory to see what he could get before he decided what he wanted to do.

He said the plan was to operate as a cafe/coffee shop during the day serving food and drinks and this would continue into the evening.

He wanted the premises to open Monday - Sunday from 10am to 2.30am the following day and wanted to be allowed to serve alcohol between 11pm and 2am as well as play recorded music between the same times. The alcohol would have to be consumed on the property.


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But councillors said they were going to have recommend refusal in the light of the recent turning down of a similar application from The King’s in Falmouth on the same street.

They said the implementation of a community impact zone in the area meant it was highly unlikely to be approved.

However they said they would consider approving an application for a licence up to 11.30pm if he reapplied.

A final decision will be made by Cornwall Council.