Noise and parking objections have been raised again over a fresh bid to convert an Angus nightclub into a gym, takeaway and flat.
Just a few years after its owners were given the green light for a similar scheme relating to the one-time Market Bar in Forfar’s North Street, a new proposal has been submitted for the “ideal” site.
The former pub became one of the town’s two main nightspots in the clubbing era of the 80s, through guises including the Big 6, Reflections and Club One.
It was closed and placed on the market before an Angus Council conditional planning approval in June 2017 for gym, takeaway and two-bedroom flat conversion.
Dundee-based applicants Blue Spark Ltd have now lodged a new application for the building along the same lines.
The gym and takeaway would be on the ground floor, with the flat at first-floor level.
In their submission, agents James Paul Associates state: “The location of this building is considered ideal for the uses proposed.
“There is a demand for a gym in the area. The location is also considered as ideal for the hot food takeaway, given its mixed use and given that there already exists a number of non-residential uses in the area.
“All three uses will operate independently of one another, the building though is under the control of the applicant,” the agents add.
“The proposed hours of operation are from 7am until 10pm for the gym, and from 4pm until 1am for the hot food takeaway.”
The applicants argue that is an improvement for local residents from the 2am nightclub closing time which led to people “loitering outside awaiting taxis”.
A near neighbour has registered opposition in relation to amenity and parking issues.
In 2017 Forfar Community Council also lodged an objection, but has yet to comment on the current plan.
The authority’s roads department has said it has no objection to the latest proposal.
A determination deadline of June 12 has been set by the council.