Green light for plans to turn for­mer night­club into flats

Bangor Mail - - News -

A PRO­POSAL to con­vert a for­mer night­club into shops and flats has been given the green light by coun­cil plan­ners.

Syl­faen As­so­ciates had ap­plied for per­mis­sion to con­vert the for­mer Joop (and later Mi­rage) night­club at the end of Ban­gor High Street into three start-up shops and eight flats.

Last Mon­day, mem­bers of Gwynedd’s plan­ning com­mit­tee ap­proved the de­vel­op­ment on the rec­om­men­da­tion of of­fi­cers, de­spite some reser­va­tions over as­pects of the plan.

Ac­cord­ing to the de­vel­op­ers, the plan would bring “low-cost mar­ket hous­ing” to the high street and meet the grow­ing de­mand for such homes in the area.

Cllr Huw Wyn Jones told Mon­day’s meet­ing in Caernar­fon: “My worry is that while the place has been empty for quite some time now, the ground-floor flat will be very dark.

“There are no windows at the front and it’s very dark at the back – that causes con­cern for me.

“For the sec­ond and third floors I see no other al­ter­na­tive, but I do ques­tion why there are so many flats in what is a rel­a­tively small area.”

Cllr Elin Walker Jones said: “There is a need for flats in the city – not stu­dent flats as we have more than enough of those – but while I can see the ben­e­fits of de­vel­op­ing this for young pro­fes­sion­als liv­ing in the city, I do share con­cerns that cram­ming peo­ple in like mice is not the way for­ward.”

De­spite this, the plans were ap­proved by mem­bers.

The plans had not at­tracted any ob­jec­tions dur­ing the con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod, with the city coun­cil also back­ing the pro­posal.

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