Plymouth nightclub revamp plans rejected

Plans to turn a former city centre nightclub into an entertainment venue have been rejected by a Devon council.

Plymouth City Council discussed the application for the Odyssey Nightclub with a capacity of 2,250 on Union Street in Plymouth on Tuesday.

Devon and Cornwall Police, an environmental health officer and local councillor objected and said it would have increased anti-social behaviour.

The applicant, Ashley Fletcher, was unavailable for comment.

Concerned residents

The application included plans for licensed bars, a dance floor, a cafe and bistro at the premises which would operate between 19:00 and 05:00.

Chris Penberthy, councillor for St Peter and the Waterfront, had written a letter of objection to the council on grounds that there would be an increase in noise and anti-social behaviour.

He said: "It's difficult because we want to encourage jobs and a healthy economy but we also need to respect local residents.

"For those residents who were concerned about another major venue in that part of Union Street that was the right decision."

Prior to the meeting Devon and Cornwall Police said: "The people who gather in and around the premises are likely to have a negative impact on the licensing objectives and will increase levels of violence, disorder and anti social behaviour."

Mr Fletcher has 21 days to appeal the decision.

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