Nightclub plan rejected

The Fleece
The Fleece

CONTROVERSIAL plans to convert part of a Wigan pub into a nightclub have been rejected by council planners.

The application by owners of the Fleece Hotel in Ashton had been opposed by a residents’ group over concerns about noise levels and anti-social behaviour.

The pub was earlier this year granted a licence to serve drinks until 4am in a function room on Thursday to Saturday nights.

And it was this function room which was to be the intended location of the new Crofters nightclub.

However, council planning officers this week deemed the application to be “contrary to national and local policies” and has been recommended for refusal.

The council’s decision report states: “(The nightclub) will have an unacceptable detrimental impact upon the level of amenity currently enjoyed by local residents, both as a result of noise ingress to adjacent properties from amplified sound, and in relation to increased noise and activity from patrons immediately outside the premises during hours when residents would have a reasonable expectation of quiet enjoyment in their properties.” A complaint about the club being located close to a church and graveyard was considered not to be relevant.

The report adds that objections to the plans were received by Coun Don Hodgkinson (Bryn, Wigan Independent Network), Coun Nigel Ash (Ashton, Labour) and Coun Jenny Bullen (Ashton, Labour). And 127 letters of objection from local residents.

Michael Moulding, chair of the Ashton Residents’ Association (ARA) who has organised a petition opposing the plans, said: “We will be assessing the full implications and reasons for the decision following months of campaigning.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone, it’s a great victory for the whole community.” The pub owners now have the option of appealing the town hall’s decision.