Flats refused over fears of harm to ‘Gay Village’
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-