Venues granted permission for late opening despite residents’ protests

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LATE opening plans by two Sheffield bars have both been approved on a 12-month basis despite objections by neighbouring residents.

The York, on Fulwood Road, Broomhill, wanted consent to open an extra half hour, until midnight Sundays to Thursdays, and 1am Fridays and Saturdays. Owners also wanted to open until 1am on Sundays before bank holiday Mondays.

Sheffield Council planning officers had recommended refusal for the application after objections from four nearby residents plus Broomhill community group, BANG.

One protester said: “Broomhill is not the same as Division Street and should not be allowed to become so.”

Another resident added: “Suggested hours are out of keeping with the neighbourhood.”

Planning officers said noise from customers going to and from the pub could disturb residents’ sleep.

A separate application made for the bar at Tiger Works, on West Street, was a request to open beyond 12.30am each night.

The plans involve opening until 1.30am Sundays to Wednesdays, 2.30am on Thursdays, and 4.30am on Fridays, Saturdays.

The 4.30am closing time would also apply on Sundays before Bank Holiday Mondays, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Sheffield Council officials recommended the Tiger Works application should also be refused.

Officers said: “The proposal is considered unacceptable based on the potential for increased noise and disturbance to surrounding residents, which would detract from the aim of successfully balancing city centre living with a vibrant night-time economy.”

But the planning board heard there are several other venues nearby which open late, including West Street Live, which can operate until 4.30am any day.

Objections to the application had come from Central Ward Green Party councillor, Rob Murphy.

Coun Ibrar Hussain, one of the members of the city centre, south and east planning board, said: “We decided to approve both The York and the Tiger Works schemes each on a 12-month trial basis.

“We will then see what the impact will be before a permanent decision is made in either case.”