Jazzy feel for former Blackburn nightclub to become new eatery
2:01pm Monday 30th September 2013 in News
A ONCE-popular nightclub could be turned into a restaurant after planning permission was granted.
Zakeer Akoo is set to transform the former Jazzy Kex in Regent Street, Blackburn, after a meeting of borough planners, despite three objections.
Once the work is complete, there will be provision for 14 parking spaces. The type of restaurant has not yet been announced.
Objections from three nearby residents were not opposed to the design in principle, but were concerned at the main entrance being on the Regent Street side of the building.
Ahmed Patel said: “Their car park is on the opposite side of the building.
“Obviously, customers will try to park anywhere near the main entrance. There are double yellow lines outside and the pay and display bays are very limited. The previous occupiers have also been using the back entrance and they kept the Regent Street entrance as a fire exit.”
Planners advised councillors that the proposal should be approved. They said: “The former use of the building was a night club.This operated with no hours restriction until the early morning.
“This use could be reinstated without the need for planning permission. Being a quieter use, it is therefore considered that the proposal would improve the amenity of residents.”
Shear Brow councillor Suleman Khonat welcomed the new venture: “Had this been for another bar or shisha place I would have been against it. However, I am pleased a place that was closed down for some time will be used once again.
“My worry was about traffic, especially if it parked at the front of the building. But Mr Akoo has put in sufficient proposals for parking to the rear.”
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