Residents oppose late opening plans

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BUSINESSMEN wanting to reopen the former Walnut Club on Ecclesall Road, Sheffield, have caused controversy with neighbouring residents by applying for planning permission for the venue to stay open longer.

Sheffield Council’s city centre, south and east planning board will consider a request for the premises – to be renamed the Velvet Lounge – to close at 12.30am instead of 11.30pm when the committee meets on Monday.

Thirteen people living on surrounding streets have objected to the plans.

A report to the planning board said issues raised by residents included extra noise and nuisance later into the night, that later hours were “unsuitable for a residential area”, and fears granting the application could “open the floodgates” with a rash of applications from other bars and restaurants on the street.

Planning officers have recommended the extra hours be approved for a six-month trial period to assess their impact.