Go-ahead given to create new city centre wine bar - plus knock down Bath Street mill - at Derby City Council
THE go-ahead has been given to create a new wine bar in Derby city centre - despite concerns there are already too many bars and pubs in the area.
And permission has also been granted for an historic Derby mill building to be demolished and replaced with retirement homes.
Developer Tony Sandhu applied to convert the former Yau's Chinese restaurant, in the Wardwick, into a bar aimed at people over 25.
He had said that, if Derby City Council granted him permission, the bar would open in July and create 20 part-time and two full-time jobs.
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But shopkeepers with businesses near the site had said they did not want more firms in the street which attract drunks and open at night, instead of attracting daytime customers.
The area's shop fronts were recently returned to their former Victorian or Edwardian glories through a £1 million scheme, funded by Derby City Council and English Heritage.
Approval was granted by councillors on the authority's planning committee at a meeting on Thursday night.
The thumbs-up was also given to Radleigh Homes to knock down the 19th-century Bath Street Mill, which was badly damaged by a fire in July 2009, and replace it with 82 “extra-care” apartments.
The flats are designed to allow for independent living but care staff would be on hand 24 hours a day.
City council planning officers had already recommended the £9 million plans be given the go-ahead.
Chris Neve, Radleigh Group’s joint managing director, said work would begin at the end of this month if approval was granted.
He said 30 construction jobs would be created and that, when finally open, “there will be a number of full-time and part-time roles in managing the extra-care facility”.
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