This is where a businessman hopes to open a new café bar in Sheffield which will hold events including DJ workshops

A businessman hopes to build a new café bar in Sheffield, which would offer music and social events as well as DJ workshops.

Monday, 16th March 2020, 2:46 pm

Anton Smith, owner, wants to set up a new venue called Bluez on 1 Scholey Street, where he plans to host a variety of events that will also include salsa lessons.

He submitted an application to Sheffield Council to revamp the vacant site and added Bluez would also be a good place “to allow students to showcase their skills in the main room and allow entertainment”.

In the application, he said: "Bluez will be a unique, stylish and intimate place where customers can socialise.

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Anton Smith, owner, wants to set up a new venue called Bluez on 1 Scholey Street

"It will cater for small to medium sized groups, individuals and couples and will take bookings for celebrations, funerals, business meetings etc.

"Customers will be able to enjoy our variety of refreshments and a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails, hot and cold drinks.

"The courtyard in the summer will be used for BBQs and will have a tropical theme."

However, environmental health and health protection officers raised some potential issues and had to a objected to the plans as they currently stand.

One of the main issues was not having an asbestos survey. Sean Gibbons, environmental health officer, said: "It would not be unsual for a building of this age and previous usage to contain asbestos, as it was widely used in the past. The absence of an asbestos survey and register concerns me."

They also had concerns about noise and nusiance with the late opening hours, the layout and deterioration of the building but the owner said they were looking into all of these issues and carrying out the necessary work.

Environmental officers also requested that opening hours be restricted to 10am to midnight, Sunday to Thursday and 10am to 2am Friday and Saturday but Mr Smith said this much of a change would "not be feasible".

The council's licensing committee are due to make a decision about whether to grant a licence on Tuesday, March 17.