Plans to allow bars in Sheffield to open until 1.30am on some days are set for the green light – despite objections.
The permanent proposals for West One Plaza, off West Street, follow a one-year trial of new opening hours.
Plaza owner BNP Paribas wants permission to open bars as late as 1am on Thursdays and 1.30am on Fridays and Saturdays.
However, nearby residents have objected on the grounds music can already be heard in flats above the bars – which include Revolution, Las Iguanas and The Hop – noise pollution has worsened over the last year and it is a residential area.
The objections are outlined in a report to Sheffield Council members, ahead of a meeting to decide on the scheme tomorrow,
One objection says: “Since the extension of opening hours, people tend to linger in the plaza intothe early hours. Singing, chanting and shouting is the norm.”
Coun Jillian Creasy, member for Central ward, said the plaza was not originally designed for bars.
She said: “These flats were designed and built in the late 1990s, early 2000s, and if people would have known the council was going to go back on its planning arrangements, I don’t think they would have moved in.”
The council’s environmental services team has not seen any increase in complaints and a noise assessment from BNP shows the main noise is traffic, while premises opposite the plaza can open until 2.30am.
BNP is also planning measures to ‘limit the potential for disturbance’.
Recommending approval, officers say a ‘balance’ must be struck between city centre living and an ‘active night-time economy’.