Owners of the West One complex in the Devonshire Quarter have suffered another setback in their attempts to see the bars and restaurants in The Plaza stay open longer.
For the third time in just over a year, they have failed to convince planners that the boost for the night-time economy outweighs disturbance into the early hours for residents of neighbouring apartments.
Councillors will decide on Tuesday whether to accept their officers’ recommendation that Vodka Revolution, 23 Bar and Restaurant, Las Iguanas and The Hop in The Plaza should not be allowed to stay open until 1am on Thursdays and 1.30am on Fridays and Saturdays. The current curfew is half past midnight.
Owners of the complex at the corner of Fitzwilliam Street and West Street say the units need to be able to compete with other businesses in the area, some of which can stay open until 3.30am, and they have submitted reports to indicate that most of the noise comes from traffic rather than customers.
But objectors, including Glossop Road Baths Residents Association and local councillor Jillian Creasy, say it is predominantly a residential area and bar and restaurant operators were aware of the curfew when they opened.
Planners say it is difficult to strike a balance between promoting vitality and protecting living conditions in the city centre, but the longer hours would create too much disturbance.