A leading budget hotel chain set for Wimbledon has been given a late-night licence to sell alcohol until midnight with the sale of alcohol 24 hours a day for hotel residents.

The 176 room Premier Inn being built on The Broadway is part of a £30m investment bringing fifty local jobs.

The premises licence at the Premier Inn owned by Whitbread Group was approved by Merton Council licensing sub-committee on March 26 subject to various conditions.

Those conditions give alcohol exemptions for bank holiday weekends, Christmas Eve, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day allowing an extra 30 minutes for the sale of alcohol and regulate entertainment.

Police have asked for certain restrictions including no signage of the proposed Bar and Block Steakhouse.

The planning application lists objections from three local residents and a residents association objecting to the late-night licence to sell alcohol and also claim the budget hotel is inappropriate for that location and raised issues regarding street cleaning and car parking.

The eight floor hotel is expected to open later this year.

Owen Ellender, development manager for London at Premier Inn said: "Premier Inn's London expansion programme is firing on all cylinders. It shows the effectiveness of our property acquisitions strategy in London and how we are unlocking excellent locations through smart real estate investments.

"Right across the captial, we're bringing forward well-located new Premier Inn's for our customers and at The Broadway we will breathe new life into this site and deliver substantial investment to the community."