Bar bosses behind rejected plans to turn a Glasgow venue into a nightclub are appealing the decision – and say the noise issues are ‘absurd’.
Glasgow City Council officials rejected Cova’s bid in March after deciding the change would have a ‘significant’ impact on nearby residents.
But the West Regent Street bar – which wants to extend opening hours from midnight to 4am – is asking for the decision to be overturned.
An appeal states that no residents live in the five-storey B-listed building – 57 West Regent Street – or adjacent buildings.
“This is important because the entire basis for the denial is the alleged impact on residential amenities,” he adds.
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Planners judged the change in use would have a “significant negative impact” on residential amenities, with “unacceptable” noise and disturbance at “unsociable” times.
This would have a “significant negative impact on the well-being of residents”, they added.
Before the appeal hearing, they said there were residential flats at 55 West Regent Street / 65 Renfield Street. The neighboring property, 55 West Regent Street, recently received planning permission for 96 serviced apartments, a report to councilors adds.
In the appeal, Cova’s agent says there was “surprise and disappointment” at the board’s decision.
He adds that apart from a “popular” nightclub in the adjacent basements, the rest of the building is “unoccupied and in poor condition”.
“The area is nonetheless popular with plenty of bars, restaurants and clubs that cater to the city’s nightlife culture and economy,” the appeal adds.
“Against this background, the caller has decided to explore the possibility of turning the pub into a nightclub.”
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Cova’s agent says there are currently no noise issues and there have been no complaints. “It is absurd to suggest that in the heart of Scotland’s largest city, any noise after midnight constitutes anti-social behaviour.”
The call continues: “While the introduction of residential uses in the city center in pursuit of the ‘living city’, where people work, stay and play, is a positive and laudable aspiration, being efficient and , at the same time, taking into account the need to maintain a robust and healthy economic environment, the policy must be applied with caution.
“Other European cities such as Barcelona and Paris both have a fairly high standard of residential living in the central area while continuing to offer a robust city center experience with cafes, bars, restaurants and other hospitality/entertainment uses running until early morning.”
He claims the council’s policy was applied “in a way that threatens and interferes with the legitimate role of commercial uses in pursuing their legitimate business.”
Councilors from the Glasgow Planning Review Committee will consider the appeal at a meeting on Tuesday.