The owner of a building in Derby city centre for which planning permission was granted this week for it to be turned into a nightclub and eatery serving African-Caribbean food has said it will actually become an Indian restaurant.
This week, Derby City Council granted planning permission for the former Emperor Inn, in Abbey Street, to be converted into a restaurant, bar and nightclub called the Club Royale Nightclub and Restaurant.
The plans, which were submitted in March, would have seen the 290 square metre first floor of the building, which was previously occupied by the Emperor Inn, used as a restaurant by day and a nightclub in the evenings.
However, Steven Wright, who owns the building, has said that the first floor of the property will actually be turned into an Indian restaurant after leasing out the property to someone else.
He said: “The previous leaseholder had been trying for some time to get permission to turn the first floor of the property into a nightclub and finally submitted an application for it back in March.
“But it was really taking too long – so we decided to lease the property to someone else who is creating a new Indian restaurant in the space.
“For some reason, rather than withdrawing the nightclub application after losing the lease, the previous leaseholder decided to let their application go all the way to the decision stage.
The building’s owner says the property will become a new Indian restaurant and not a nightclub
“So, although planning permission has been granted for it to become a nightclub, it will actually be an Indian restaurant.”
Mr Wright said that more details about the Indian restaurant business would be made available soon.
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The original planning documents for the nightclub plan stated that the business would have created 15 jobs, five of which would have been full-time positions.
The restaurant element of the business would have opened from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The nightclub part of the business would have opened from 9pm to 4am seven nights a week.
The planning application said that it would have provided “authentic Afro-Caribbean food and cultural experiences”.
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Source: Derby Telegraph