REGULARS and musicians at a pub and live music venue in Sheffield city centre have voiced their concerns that its future could be threatened by proposed student flats on the doorstep.
They fear noise restrictions could be imposed on the Dove and Rainbow in Hartshead if the former Friends Meeting House is converted into accommodation for 26 students.
The council has received 94 letters of objection, mainly from pub customers, who praise The Dove and its staff for their hospitality and championing of rock and metal music.
However, city planners believe a solution has been drawn up to keep everybody happy.
Councillors will be advised on Monday to approve the student flats on condition that noise insulation is improved at both the former place of worship and the pub, which are in a small square between High Street and Angel Street. In addition, the layout of the ground floor of the proposed flats has been changed to move accommodation further away from the pub.
The flats scheme applicants also hold the freehold of The Dove.
The pub offers live and recorded music until 2am during the week and 3am at weekends - and customers and musicians want to keep it that way.
One objector, Danny Young, is telling the council: “As a touring musician I have played many pubs and venues up and down the UK and The Dove & Rainbow is one that I will return to time and time again.
“The staff are welcoming, the punters are friendly and there is a real sense of community which is something that seems to be getting lost these days. It would be a massive shame to see such a great place close.”
Another musician, Peter David, says: “There aren’t many small music venues left in Sheffield and considering our excellent musical heritage, I believe it is incredibly important that pubs such as The Dove & Rainbow provide a space in which young musical talent can be nurtured.”
Customer Paul Botham says that more housing is needed in Sheffield, but the proposed development is likely to have “a strong, negative effect” on the pub.
Already Sheffield has rock music venues such as The Boardwalk and the Casbar, despite the custom being there, he adds.
“I feel everything should be done to prevent the closure of any more pubs or live music venues. Where would Def Leppard, Saxon and the Arctic Monkeys be now if it weren’t for small, local venues giving them somewhere to develop both their skills and a fan base? “