Flats re­fused over fears of harm to ‘Gay Vil­lage’

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

A NEW 14-storey apart­ment tower has been blocked over fears that fu­ture res­i­dents of Brum’s ‘Gay Vil­lage’ would get noisy pubs and clubs venues shut down.

The ‘Tim­ber Yard’ project would have seen 379 new apart­ments built be­tween Per­shore Street and Hurst Street in the city cen­tre’s South­side district. But coun­cil plan­ning com­mit­tee mem­bers are fear­ful of a re­peat of the fa­mous Fid­dle and Bone case which saw an es­tab­lished mu­sic pub shut down, due to noise nui­sance com­plaints from res­i­dents of a newly built apart­ment block.

They have now called for guar­an­tees that nightspots nearby will not be harmed. De­vel­op­ers Gal­liard Homes and Ap­s­ley House Cap­i­tal have agreed to pro­vide air con­di­tion­ing and seal shut bed­room win­dows fronting Hurst Street to en­sure res­i­dents are not ex­posed to the noise.

But Coun­cil­lor Gareth Moore was so against the plan he tem­po­rar­ily stepped down from the com­mit­tee so he could speak out against the devel­op­ment.

He said: “This shows the ness of the con­cerns I have.”

He said that the city’s vi­brant nightlife and Gay Vil­lage is a great as­set and would be threat­ened by the devel­op­ment so close to the Gay Vil­lage and sev­eral pop­u­lar late night venues. se­ri­ous-

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