Flats to be built near music venue

The Dove & Rainbow,Hartshead Square,Sheffield City Centre
The Dove & Rainbow,Hartshead Square,Sheffield City Centre
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Ten new flats are to be built near a city centre watering hole - despite almost 100 objections.

The new accommodation, at the old Friends Meeting House on Hartshead, Sheffield, will be next door to The Dove and Rainbow pub, which regularly hosts live music events.

Pubgoers showed the strength of feeling against the application with 98 objections submitted to Sheffield Council.

Many opponents fear that turning the currently empty building into apartments will threaten the future of live gigs at The Dove and Rainbow - and Dawn Gunther, the landlady at the pub, told the planning committee she was concerned about future noise complaints from residents in the flats.

But councillors voted unanimously in favour of the application because they believe stringent soundproofing of the new flats means future tenants will not be unduly affected by the sound coming from inside the pub.

They added the objectors’ concerns would be noted in the minutes of the meeting should there be any future disputes once residents move in.

Dawn, aged 38, said afterwards: “I knew what the outcome was going to be before I went in, but it was reassuring that the committee has taken on board my concerns.

“I am just worried that in two or three years’ time residents are going to complain about the music. Without the music we would not be able to continue with the business.”

Councillor Peter Price said: “I’m sick of people coming to these meetings and asking us to ‘do something about the noise’ in the city centre at night.

“Live music is a superb attraction for the city centre and the night time economy and we need to make sure we keep it.

“Anybody who chooses to live next to a pub must accept that there is going to be some noise at night.”

Katrina Hulse from the applicant DLP Planning, said: “There is a need for more housing in the city centre, and we have worked with Dawn to reduce the detrimental impact of music on the flats.”