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Councillors asked to approve Kirriemuir pub plan

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Councillors are being asked to approve plans to turn a former Kirriemuir nightclub into a pub.

The planning application will go before members of the development standards committee in Forfar on Tuesday.

The building was most recently used as a nightclub and is situated in a mixed use area where other licensed premises are located including the Airlie Arms Hotel, The Roods Bar and Amigos Bar.

The application seeks planning permission for a change of use of the premises from a nightclub to a public bar which would be open Monday to Thursday 11am-12am, Friday and Saturday 11am-1am and Sunday 12pm-12am.

There were five objections received with the main points regarding noise, loss of privacy, increased opening hours, traffic congestion, lack of parking and the potential to impact on neighbouring property through odour impact.

The applicant indicated that the only hot food prepared on the premises would be toasted sandwiches and the reheating of pies.

Stewart Hall, Angus Council’s head of housing, said: “The proposal would utilise an existing building which was most recently used as a nightclub.

“The hours of operation associated with the existing use could result in greater amenity impacts than the proposed public house use.

“The application does not propose an increase to the footprint or provide for the installation of any new windows and the proposal would not increase overlooking or overshadowing from the building, or result in an increased loss of privacy, outlook, sunlight or daylight.

“In considering noise disturbance, third party concerns have also been raised with regards to increased opening hours commenting that the nightclub only opened on one day per week.

“The operating plan associated with the license for the nightclub allowed for opening hours of Monday to Thursday 11am-1am, Friday and Saturday 11am-2am and Sunday 12.30pm-2am with seasonal variations at Christmas and New Year.

“Whilst they are a matter more appropriately controlled through the licencing regime, the opening hours proposed for the public house include Monday to Thursday 11am-12am, Friday and Saturday 11am-1am and Sunday 12pm-12am which (if approved) would result in earlier closing than what was permissible for the nightclub.

“Accordingly the proposed public house use could be seen as an amenity improvement from the nightclub use.”

Mr Ball said environmental health reviewed the proposal and has offered no objection commenting that noise from a nightclub could potentially be greater than a public house use.

He said: “Information submitted with the application suggests that the public house would be used for preparation of toasted sandwiches and the reheating of pies.

“A planning condition is proposed which would restrict the type of food that could be sold and equipment which could be used to prepare food on the premises.

“This is necessary to protect amenity from odour impacts.

“Subject to the imposition of this condition, I am satisfied that the proposal should not result in unacceptable odour impacts.”

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