A bid to maneuver a preferred metropolis nightclub to a brand new underground location, and to construct a brand new 125-room lodge within the Lion Yard purchasing centre has been delayed amid issues for the potential affect on site visitors.
Cambridge Metropolis Council’s planning committee had been beneficial to approve the plans after they have been introduced up on the committee assembly Wednesday (December 5).
There are additionally plans for alterations to the buildings together with new home windows, and a brand new entrance to the nightclub from the purchasing centre.
Based on a report which went earlier than the committee: “The proposed lodge would supply 125 rooms and accommodate approx. 288 friends. It will be accessed from the doorway to George Home, adjoining to Fisher Home. A considerable amount of brickwork will likely be eliminated and changed with a glazed wall to demarcate the doorway.
“A brand new single storey construction is proposed to accommodate the nightclub entrance. The doorway is proposed adjoining to the bottom ground entrance to Lion Home and would come with acoustic therapies to minimise any noise spillage.”
Talking on the committee Wednesday, Cllr Kevin Blencowe, govt councillor for planning at Cambridge Metropolis Council mentioned that, whereas he supported the plans in precept, the designs that had gone earlier than the committee have been “poor”, and a “missed alternative” to make the town centre higher.
“I feel it’s missing,” mentioned Cllr Blencowe. “It’s in all probability not probably the most aesthetically fascinating a part of the town, however I feel in design phrases that is fairly poor.”
Cllr Blencowe requested whether or not the dimensions of the proposed lodge was proper for the realm. He mentioned a smaller, boutique lodge is perhaps extra appropriate.
Ballare is among the busiest golf equipment within the metropolis. Based on the Cambridge Retail and Leisure Replace Research 2013, the membership caters for 35 per cent of the entire nightclub capability in Cambridge.
Councillors have been reassured the basement could be a protected location for the membership, and that there have been appropriate evacuation measures in place ought to there be an emergency.
Cllr Dave Baigent welcomed the inclusion of sprinklers within the designs. He mentioned that, particularly after the Grenfell Tower catastrophe, it was essential to place fireplace security first.
The committee voted to defer the appliance till the “subsequent doable alternative”. One of many issues the committee recognized which is able to want addressing was the dearth of a “clear and correct” transport plan for the way friends and employees would entry the lodge.