Plans to turn a former Chinese restaurant in Derby city centre into a nightclub and eatery serving African-Caribbean food have been given the go-ahead.
The proposals, which were submitted to Derby City Council in March, involve turning the Emperor Inn, in Abbey Street, into a restaurant, bar and nightclub called the Club Royale Nightclub and Restaurant.
The authority has now given the scheme the go-ahead – on the condition that a noise impact assessment is carried out to see whether the nightclub would have any impact on homes in the area.
The plans will see the 290 sq metre first floor of the building, which was occupied by the Emperor Inn, used as a restaurant by day and a nightclub in the evenings.
The restaurant part of the business would be open from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The nightclub part of the business would be open from 9pm to 4am seven nights a week.
In the original planning documents submitted to the city council by DPDS Consulting, on behalf of the applicant Revel Pryce, it said: “The applicant has researched the need and viability of the type of use proposed within Derby.
The building was formerly occupied by The Emperor Inn restaurant
“The use will provide authentic Afro-Caribbean food and cultural experiences in an area where it has been identified that there is a demand and lack of existing provision.”
Neighbouring businesses include Japanese restaurant Ebi Sushi and The Venue, which hosts live music events.
DPDS said the nightclub, which will create 15 jobs – of which five would be full-time positions – would “complement” these other businesses.
It said: “The proposal is considered to be compliant with the policies for the city centre which seek to create and maintain a vibrant city throughout the day and night.
“The proposal will give rise to economic and social benefits which will make a positive contribution to the day and night-time economy of Derby, as well as to the vitality of the centre.”
In granting permission, city council planners said: “The development is acceptable in amenity, policy and environmental terms.
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“Before the uses hereby permitted are brought into use, a noise impact assessment shall be completed by a competent acoustic specialist in accordance with recognised guidance/standards, in order to assess the potential for noise disturbance arising from the proposed use affecting nearby residential dwellings and the assessment shall be submitted to the Local Planning Authority for written approval.
“The assessment will need to offer recommendations for noise mitigation based around both music noise level limits and enhanced sound insulation requirements for the building.
“All of the agreed noise mitigation measures shall be incorporated into the building and a report, which provides evidence that the noise targets have been achieved, shall be submitted for written approval by the local planning authority, before the use is occupied.”
Source: Derby Telegraph