Former Sheffield knitware store set to be converted into new bar

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Plans to convert a retail unit into a new bar look set to be given the green light by Sheffield City Council.

Applicant Steven MacKay has applied to the authority to convert the BAL Fashions and Knitwear store, in Exchange Street, into a new bar - causing a raft of objections from residents and other businesses.

“The application relates to a former retail unit located on Exchange Street,” a planning report states.

“The three storey retail unit, including a basement, which is located to the northern side of the Galleries building faces onto the now cleared site of Castle Market.”

Key objections relate to noise nuisance and anti-social behaviour.

Planners are recommending that the new establishment should be restricted to opening from 8am to 11.30pm Monday to Thursday, 8am to 12.30am on Friday and Saturday and 10am to 11pm on Sundays.

It is also recommended that measures are taken to improve sound retention in the building.

The application is recommended for approval with conditions, when it is discussed by Sheffield City Council’s next planning and highways committee, set to take place on Tuesday, May 22.