Opposition to nightclub extension

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A SHEFFIELD city centre nightclub has run into opposition over its ambitions for expansion.

After 13 years in Milton Street, near Charter Row, The Corporation is looking for council permission for an extension that would increase the capacity by around 350 to almost 1,500.

But its owners have failed to win the support of city planners, who are concerned about an increase in late-night noise in an area that is now home to many private residents and students.

“Since the nightclub opened in 1998 there has been a notable influx of residential accommodation into the area, which includes several student housing blocks in very close proximity to the unit,” says a council report.

“The main concern... is how this proposal would impact on the living conditions of these residents.”

Councillors will be recommended on Monday to reject the application.

The authority says there is currently an issue with club-goers queuing along Eldon Street, sometimes as far as the Devonshire Cat pub, in the early hours.

The Corporation says that an increase in capacity would mean people could get into the club more easily, reducing the queues.

Council officers are not convinced and believe there is the potential for “further sporadic noise, such as people shouting and singing in the street, which is generally the cause of the greatest distress to residents.”

Objections have been received from two nearby residents, who say that they already have to put up with noise in Eldon Street early in the morning.

The club, which specialises in heavy rock, wants to retain an option of using the proposed extra space separately from the existing premises and has submitted a report to demonstrate that there would be no problem with nose from the venue.

It is proposing the opening hours remain the same – until 3am Mondays to Thursdays and 4am at weekends.

However, it faces the task of persuading councillors to overturn the advice of their officers.