Beer and music venue go-ahead

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A BREWERY was given the go-ahead this week to open a real ale bar and live music venue in Sheffield city centre – as long as it can prove there will be no noise problems

Councillors were “minded to grant” the application by Ossett Brewery to convert the former Budgens supermarket in the West One plaza facing Fitzwilliam Street into a venue called The Hop.

But permission was conditional on council environmental protection staff being satisfied over the effectiveness of soundproofing work.

If there are still doubts, the application could be referred back to councillors.

The brewery hopes to open the premises in time for the Tramlines music festival, which will have a main stage on Devonshire Green, opposite West One, at the end of next month.

The concept of combining real ale, live music and comedy has already been introduced in Wakefield and Leeds.

Ossett Brewery has the support of the West One residents’ committee, which says the unit, which has been empty for four years, has become an eyesore, and it believes the issue of soundproofing is being addressed.

But two objectors are worried about more noise for residents of surrounding apartments.