The owner of the Assembly Rooms has submitted plans for the next stage of the development of the landmark building.
A listed building consent application has been entered to allow Matt Clark to make ‘sensitive refurbishment and modernisation’.
The plans state the existing retail and Estate Agent on the ground floor will remain.
Separate proposals are being considered for the reintroduction of the historic arch in the former Kimes Fish Shop frontage and for retail and food businesses in the former toilets – creating a ‘cafe culture’ in the Market Place.
Plans include the removal or replacement of several doors, windows and frames and the creation of a lobby, bar and lounge area.
They also confirm the rooms may be used as a nightclub, but add it is unlikely to be used as such every night.
A statement submitted as part of the application states the refurbishment of the Assembly Rooms will ‘revitalise a prominent building’.
It says: “The details submitted as part of this Building Application demonstrates that the proposed changes will have little impact on the historic asset and will ensure it longevity.”