Regent Inns has been forced to delay its plans to refurbish the eight-storey Home site in Leicester Square, London after problems with the police.

The court hearing to transfer the site's PEL license was adjourned after police raised objections Regent's legal team did not know would be coming.

The company said it had not withdrawn its plans and had known that, given the site's history, "it was never going to be plain sailing".

The eight-storey nightclub in central London shut down after a drugs raid in March last year. It was subsequently bought by Regent in November for £2.5m, with plans for the bottom three floors to become one of its

Australian-themed Walkabout bars, the next two floors to be Walkabout's nightclub brand "Surfers" and two Jongleur comedy club venues.