London\u2019s Waterloo locals have stopped plans for an Abba themed restaurant in the area after it originally passed planning permission.\r\n\r\nThe Waterloo Residents\u2019 Alliance protested on the vacant land ahead of a key planning meeting and put up \u2018Stop Mamma Mia Party\u2019 signs. Lambeth Council received 198 objections and a petition with over 700 signatures.\r\n\r\nPlans were originally passed \u201cin principal\u201d due to the fact that the restaurant \u201csupports the promotion of arts and cultural activities\u201d. Locals were concerned a new late-night drinking establishment in the premises - which have been vacant since 1985 - would encourage disorder and disturbance.\r\n\r\nBjorn Ulvaeus, the band\u2019s co-founder, who is behind the restaurant, told media: "I have reached the conclusion that the party should not open on the South Bank near Waterloo. Despite being granted planning permission in November 2017, I\u2019ve taken seriously the concerns expressed by some local residents living around Stamford Street and so have decided not to go ahead with our plans on this site.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe have been looking at some equally exciting alternatives in London and expect to announce a new location shortly.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe restaurant already has a Stockholm branch, and operates in the style of a Greek taverna, with actors and musicians performing Abba musical Mamma Mia around diners. \u2018Mamma Mia! The Party\u2019 would welcome over 500 visitors for each show and serve Mediterranean food.\r\n\r\nThe decision to not to open the new restaurant comes just after the band announced they were reforming.