Sheffield city centre face fresh fight

West One, Sheffield.
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residents have vowed to launch a fresh fight against a proposal to extend opening hours at busy bars in Sheffield’s city centre.

Revised plans to allow Revolution, Bar 23 and The Hop to open later have been submitted to Sheffield Council after the original application was turned down amid fears of excessive noise.

Agent BNP Paribas wanted to allow the nightspots – all in The Plaza on the corner of Fitzwilliam Street and Division Street – to open until 1.30am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and until 12.30am the rest of the week.

The plans were rejected last month amid concerns highlighted by Sheffield City Centre Residents Action Group.

The venues, which sit below West One apartments, now want to be allowed to open from 8am until 1.30am on Fridays and Saturdays and the day before public holidays.

Peter Sephton, SCCRAG chairman, said: “This will be a harder one to win, but for residents who bought into the area when the closing time was 11.30pm, it’s another unacceptable extension of the Wild West Street drinking culture – more shouting and screaming into the early hours, more taxis blowing their horns, more vomit, more urinating.

“Their argument will be ‘but it’s only Friday and Saturday nights’. Our argument will be ‘but we’re entitled to sleep through those nights too’. ”

The plans are for a temporary period of one year to begin with.

A BNP Paribas spokesman said: “This application seeks to address some of the concerns raised to the previous planning application by not applying to vary the opening hours of these venues on nights before weekdays.

“Furthermore, the temporary one-year period applied for will enable the impact of extended opening hours to be tested. This change would give the bars and restaurants the flexibility to compete with other bars in the city centre already permitted to open later in the evening.”