OWNERS of the Raffles Hotel have withdrawn an application for extended trading hours that would have allowed the iconic venue to operate until 2am Wednesday to Saturday.
Lodged in late 2014, the application also requested an extension from 10pm until midnight on Sundays and included plans to convert the upstairs restaurant area into a function room.
A number of Applecross residents were vocal in their opposition to the proposal at the time, citing concerns with noise, anti-social behaviour and a lack of parking.
Local resident Barry Thornton welcomed the decision.
“With the WA Government spending millions through agencies like Healthway to reduce alcohol consumption in the community, it would have been unthinkable for a Government department to allow young people to booze an extra 10 hours a week into the early hours of the morning,” he said.
Fellow Applecross resident Jane Scott said good sense had prevailed.
“Statistics from other states supported our stand against 2am closing and I think the residential area surrounding the Raffles Hotel has benefited from the withdrawal of the application,” she said.
The Raffles Hotel did not respond to requests for comment.