New bar plans for former Sheffield Polish club

Restaurant Row, Ecclesall Road, Sheffield. Picture: Marie Caley NSST Restaurant Row MC 4
Restaurant Row, Ecclesall Road, Sheffield. Picture: Marie Caley NSST Restaurant Row MC 4
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A former ‘private members club’ looks set to be converted into a bar, if planning councillors give the proposal the green light next week.

MG3 Bars has applied to convert the former Polish Catholic Centre, at the junction of Wilson Road  and Ecclesall Road - where developers have already been granted permission to build a raised decked area.

A report submitted to Sheffield City Council by planning staff recommends approval, with conditions - although the proposal has met with a number of objections.

Broomhill and Sharrow Vale Councillor Magid Magid said: “The property lies next door to the Pointing Dog which has had a massive impact on the lives of residents in the area in terms of traffic, parking, noise and associated issues. 

“I would ask that conditions are applied that reflect the significant combined impact of these adjacent licensed premises on the lives of people living close by. The opening hours must be restricted in line with similar uses on Ecclesall Road.”

His call for restricted opening times has been backed by both the Botanical Area Community Association and the Endcliffe Corner Community Organisation, also citing the large number of bars in the viscinity of the proposed development.

Recommended conditions on the application include the new bar closing at 10.30pm from Sunday to Thursday, and 11.30pm on Friday and Saturday. Customers will also not be allowed to use outside areas of the primises after 9pm daily.

A report by planning officers states: “The current use as a private members bar is historic and has no controls in place with regard to hours of use. 

“Whilst the application may involve some intensification of the use of the premises a conditional approval will enable the local planning authority to apply planning controls on this unit.”

The proposal will be debated by Sheffield City Council’s planning and highways committee on Tuesday, April 10.