Plans for party venue at play gym rejected

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Controversial plans to extend the opening hours of a former play gym to host functions have been rejected after complaints from residents.

Owners of the Former Play Gym, Upper Bonegate, Brighouse, applied for a change of use to allow them to hold functions with extended opening hours.

This would have seen the venue allowed to open from 9am to 11pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to 10pm Sundays and Bank Holidays.

However, councillors on Calderdale Council’s planning committee went with the recommendation from officers to refuse the application due to disturbance to neighbouring residential properties.

Homeowners said they were concerned about the effect of noise from the venue with people standing outside smoking.

They also worried about the increase in traffic up the road which is a small track.

Councillor Colin Stout (Ind, Brighouse) spoke in favour of the proposal at the meeting.

“In the last 18 months there have been no complaints about noise in that area,” he said.

“Despite the Ritz Ballroom being in that area and several working mens clubs. The alcohol license only runs until 9pm so there won’t be people drinking late into the night.

“There have been efforts by the applicants to soundproof the building.”

However the committee still refused the application.

Councillor Martin Peel (Con, Sowerby Bridge) said: “There is no doubt that there is inadequate access and difficulty with policing and the effect on residential amenity.”

Councillor David Hardy (Lib Dem, Elland) said: “The concerns raised mean we can only refuse the application.