Assembly Rooms nightclub plan set for approval

Matt Clark at the Assembly Rooms
Matt Clark at the Assembly Rooms

Plans to change the planning permission of the Assembly Rooms to allow it to be a nightclub are set to be passed next week.

The plans for the Market Place’s Grade II listed building will be debated by councillors at a planning committee meeting – and officers have recommended their approval.

The application looks to change the use so it can operate as a nightclub between the hours of 9am-3.30am.

It states this does not mean the building will operate as a club seven days a week but will be able to be used for private functions as well.

Owner, entrepreneur Matt Clark, has previously said the club is ‘likely to be a small part’ of the use of the Assembly Rooms, with dinner dances, business conferences and public functions also planned.

Officers have recommended that the councillors pass the application so it can be granted permission by delegated officers when consultation closes on June 5 - unless ‘any significant representations’ which raise issues not considered by the report are received.

No objections have been raised so far.