New Dumfries nightclub gains planning approval

A proposed new nightclub for Dumfries took a positive step forward today.
Castle Street, Dumfries

The site of the new nightclub in Dumfries

Approval was granted by Councillors at this morning’s Planning Applications Committee with a vote of 13 in support to 2 against. It comes with the condition that the developer must contribute up to £10,000 for the provision of enhanced CCTV coverage in the area of the nightclub.

The application was seeking permission for a change of use from a shop to form a nightclub along with consent for internal alternations.

As part of the panning process, a public consultation was held during which 55 representations were made. 30 were registered in support, 24 objected and 1 submitted comment and was neither for nor against. Objectors raised concerns about the potential for noise disturbance and anti-social behaviour, but supporters believed the proposal would add value to the current nightlife offering in the town and were keen to see an empty building being brought back into use.

Many of the comments were received after Small Town Sounds published the story ‘A new nightclub for Dumfries?’ around the planning application being submitted earlier this year.

Nightclub renovation works 

Having been vacant since February 2015, the building at 9-13 Castle Street has been unsuccessful in attracting a retailer to take over the premises. With a change of use now formally approved, the next stage will be to start renovation works.

Proposed plans for the nightclub

Proposed plans for the nightclub

Ayrshire-based Robin Barclay is behind the project and is keen for work to get started so that the club can open as soon as possible to customers. Having previously completed DJ residences at various Dumfries pubs, he is already very familiar with the town.

Robin told Small Town Sounds, “I’m really pleased that Dumfries and Galloway Council approved my application today. I’d like to say thank you to everyone who lodged formal letters of support as part of the consultation. I’ve been really encouraged by the support and positivity from everyone I have spoken to as well. Now I can’t wait to get work started on the building. Very exciting times ahead!”

The nightclub will be on the street level and plans include seating booth areas to the front, with a dancefloor, further seating and toilets towards the back. There will be two bars, including a specialist bar for cocktails and premium drinks.
Work will begin on refitting the inside of the nightclub by the end of the year.

UPDATE: Robin Barclay has since been in touch to say that the project will no longer going ahead ‘due to circumstances outwith his control’.

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