Plymouth lap dance clubs become sex establishments

Plans to designate lap and pole dancing clubs in Plymouth as sex establishments have been approved by the city council.

The move updates a policy in which such clubs needed a licence only to cover alcohol, playing music and dancing.

The new policy meant that clubs needed a Sex Establishment Licence, the council said.

As well as changes for clubs, the council approved restricting the number of sex shops and sex entertainment venues in the city.

The city's Union Street would only be allowed one shop and two venues, the Conservative-led unitary authority said.

The remaining area of the city centre would be allowed a shop only, it added.

Councillors approved proposals that applications could be made for other such businesses elsewhere, and each case would be considered on its individual merits.

The new policy, due to be adopted in March, would allow residents to object to licence plans if they felt a club was not appropriate for an area or was too close to a school or church, the council said.

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