Champagne bar allowed to open later

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A NEW champagne bar will be allowed to open for an extra hour on a trial basis, despite concerns from nearby residents about potential loud noise.

Sheffield Council’s planning board gave permission for the Velvet Lounge in the former Walnut Club, on Ecclesall Road, to open until 12.30am on an experimental basis for six months.

The situation will then be reassessed to examine the impact on surrounding residents, 13 of whom had objected.

Meanwhile, Handsworth Grange Community Sports College, on Handsworth Grange Road, Handsworth, has been given the go-ahead to build a two-storey teaching block, make alterations to the frontage and layout of the car parks and add outdoor landscaping.

The revamp will cost several million pounds and is being carried out under the Building Schools for the Future programme to reconstruct secondaries around the city.

Car dealership Peter Brooks Honda, on Chesterfield Road, Woodseats, will also be able to make alterations, including demolition of its current frontage so a new shop front can be built, along with a new MoT testing facility.

And an application to change the use of a first-floor cafe in an industrial building into a shisha smoking bar has been approved. The smoking would take place on a covered outdoor terrace.

All the plans were given the green light at a meeting of Sheffield Council’s city centre, south and east planning board.

n Spanish-themed tapas bar La Tasca is causing further controversy among residents living around Eccesall Road by applying for an extension of the licence at its premises on the street. The chain wants to close at 1.30am each night, instead of 11.30pm.

Numerous people from the area have sent in objections fearing excess late night noise from people coming and going from the premises.

They are supported by the council’s environmental health officers, who have also objected, recalling past complaints of noise breaking out from the tapas bar when there was a live band.

The application will be considered by a licence board today.