Music venue celebrates planning victory

A POPULAR bar and restaurant has won its battle to be allowed to hold live music and comedy shows.

Mama Liz’s Soulfood Shack, in North Street, Stamford, was yesterday granted planning permission to use its basement area, known as the Voodoo Lounge, for live music and comedy.

The change of use is subject to a number of conditions which require the venue to be soundproofed, following noise complaints from the neighbouring St Mary and St Augustine’s Catholic Church, in Broad Street.

Co-owner Liz Bullimore, the titular ‘Mama Liz’, launched a passionate defence of her business at a South Kesteven District Council planning meeting in Grantham yesterday.

She said: “We are proud of the business and we want Stamford to be proud of us.

“We offer an atmosphere where families can come to eat and drink and where the people who play in our shows can develop their talent and become performers that the town can be proud of.

“We are happy to comply with all the conditions. As soon as we knew about the sound problem we knew we had to do something about it. We want to smother the sound so that our neighbour can’t hear a thing.

“We have support from the community and we are confident we can raise the money to pay for the soundproofing work.”

The venue previously held live music events but was served with a planning enforcement order in March 2010 after the council found it did not have the relevant planning permission.

Councillor Maureen Jalili (Lib Dem), representing Stamford St John’s ward, said: “Mama Liz’s is clearly a popular place and they employ a lot of people in the town.

“Under the circumstances they have done a lot of work already and between that and the conditions imposed by the planning officers we should end up with a positive outcome.”