"GOD help you if it goes wrong." That was the message to the owner of a Chelsea nightclub, which has been given permission to become the borough's biggest late-night venue despite a petition from 158 furious residents.
On June 11, the 429-capacity Crazy Larry's in Lots Road, Chelsea, was granted a licence to expand.
Up to 700 revellers and staff will be allowed to attend the club after it moves to the building's basement, thanks to a £1.5million proposed refit.
This would make it the largest club in the borough, a crown currently held by Neighbourhood in Acklam Road, North Kensington.
The decision, announced at a meeting in Kensington Town Hall, came despite objections made by Cllr Mark Daley on behalf of Cremorne ward petitioners.
He told horror stories of revellers defecating in gardens and played a video of drunken youths peeing in the street and climbing over railings.
"Over the years there have been acts of violence and public nuisance," he said.
His plea for non-expansion was supported by the council's environmental health officer, Keith Mehaffy, who said: "Extending it to any less than a 700-person capacity would be a God send."
However, Crazy Larry's dapper owner Howard Spooner (pictured)- who sported a deep tan, pin-stripe suit, moustache, and gold cuff links bearing his initials - strongly refuted the allegations.
"The complaints come from two individuals and I don't believe it can be run any better," he said, flanked by lawyers and fellow club staff.
James Rankin, lawyer for the group, added that residents would see a benefit from the proposed work, which would see the queue moved inside the venue and more toilets built.
"All these are forces for good, not evil," he said.
The committee spent more than an hour deciding the result of the application, while all parties waited nervously in the corridor beside the Mayor's chamber.
Three councillors – Cllr Barbara Campbell, Cllr John Corbet-Singleton and Cllr Priscilla Frazer – delivered their verdict to a hushed audience.
They granted nearly all the proposals on the application, but rejected an extension of opening hours on bank holiday Sundays.
A disappointed Cllr Daley said: "I don't live there, I'm not the one who's going to suffer."
But the last word went to Cllr Frazer, who warned the club representatives: "God help you if it goes wrong."