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Concerns over plan for flats at club

By Simon Fernley 12th March 2020

Concerns over plan for flats at club
The Eden bar and night club in the heart of Newquay

NEW plans to convert a Newquay bar and night club into apartments and retail units have been opposed following concerns the premises is not suitable for residential accommodation due to the noise levels in the town centre.

A developer has submitted a planning application for the conversion of Eden in Beach Road into five residential flats and two retail units.

But Newquay Town Council has objected to the scheme as the authority believes the premises is not appropriate for residential accommodation, while Public Protection Noise and Odour Planning Consultations stated the proposal will not achieve the required internal sound levels, given its location in the centre of Newquay’s night-time economy.

The planning application follows the Eden bar and night club having its premises licence revoked by Cornwall Council following a series of breaches.

The developer states the planning application has come about following the downturn in the night club trade in Newquay and the upsurge in families visiting.

Cornwall Council is set to make a decision on the proposal.

A spokesman for the developer said: “The existing club is a typical 1970s flat roof four-storey building and is surrounded by an eclectic mix of two and three -torey flat and pitched roof styles.

“The objective is to provide good quality flat and retail accommodation within the existing shell and to provide a penthouse flat at existing roof level to make good use of the available sea views down both Beach Road and Gover Lane.

“The site lies within the centre of Newquay so it is considered this development will have no negative impact on neighbours, travel patterns, historic features or regeneration of the area.

“It would appear that Newquay is now attracting more family-oriented visitors leading to a downturn in the night club business and therefore attracting more day-time trade.

“The building is too large to accommodate an efficient bar and entertainment business, therefore, it is felt that a residential and retail development would better serve the area given current market forces.”

A similar planning application was refused by Cornwall Council as the increased height of the proposed building would have protrudes above the adjacent buildings.

It was also considered that the residential amenities of the occupiers of such units could suffer, particularly from excessive noise disturbance, as the proposed residential units have been designed with large windows and balconies opening onto two of the busiest night-time economy streets in Newquay.

The developer believes the reasons for refusal have been answered in the re-submission.

A spokesman said: “The overall height of the building has been reduced by 600mm and the top storey is now a mansard style with grey cladding to make it more recessive and, due to its setback and pitch, will have little visual impact at street level.

“ML Acoustics have been consulted and they have given recommendations about the glazing that should be used. It is also proposed to install sound reduction shutters along with whole building ventilation systems, negating the need to open windows so reducing sound transmission from external sources.”

A town council spokesman said: “Members had concerns over the retail units as the entrance would be onto a main and busy highway.

“Members also respected the report from the Environmental Health Department and agreed they did not feel it would be suitable for residential accommodation given the noise levels in the town centre. Members do welcome redevelopment of the site, however they did not feel this particular proposal was appropriate.”

A spokesman for Public Protection Noise and Odour Planning Consultations added: “We have considered the resubmitted application and additional noise report. We do not consider that information supplied demonstrates that the proposal will achieve the required internal sound levels given the location of the proposed scheme in the centre of Newquay’s night-time economy.

“The proposal includes balconies and large opening windows which would give the occupant the expectation of opening the windows and using the balcony.”

By Simon Fernley 12th March 2020

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