A Muslim wedding venue and shisha bar could be created at a former truck yard in an industrial estate in Sheffield.
Plans to change the use of and extend TRC Truck Rental on Dannemore Drive, Darnall – so it can be used for weekend ceremonies attracting up to 250 guests, as well as a café and restaurant during the week – have been submitted to Sheffield Council.
However, nearby business owners fear the plans will bring too many extra vehicles into an area already congested with lorries and other vehicles during events at the nearby Motorpoint Arena.
Eight objections, also concerning parking, access and smoke ,have been made to the planning application on the council’s website.
Phil Brown, from firm Norton Hose, said: “I do not think this application has been thought out correctly.
“ For 21 years, this area has been an industrial estate for industrial purposes.
“Surely there are plenty of premises in Sheffield suitable and vacant for this type of use or type of business?
“I’m all for supporting new and existing businesses, especially in the current economic climate, but the logic behind this application is beyond comprehension.”
Firm AMP, which is behind the application, would relocate to Sheffield from Halifax, West Yorkshire, if it is agreed.
Gary Grayson, a director at G9 Design architects, agent for the scheme, said the business would create 60 jobs, a £500,000 construction and put ‘Sheffield on the map’ as it was the first of its kind. Alcohol would not be sold.
He said: “We have been working with planners and the idea was welcomed by them. However, fine details are being ironed out.
“The location was chosen because of its transport links, car parking and bus routes. If we had moved to the labour club in the middle of Darnall as one objector suggested we would be right next door to housing, which is the worst possible area for a wedding venue .
“Having it on an industrial estate out of hours at 5pm and weekends is ideal.”