New city nightclub approved in Leicester's cultural quarter despite dozens of complaints
A new nightclub in the heart of Leicester's cultural quarter has been given the go-ahead – despite opposition from dozens of residents.
A panel of city councillors approved a licensing application to open Dielectric in the basement of a Victorian building opposite Curve theatre, turning the former G-Spot sex club into a venue for live bands and club nights.
Promoter Tim Sturgess has already held a number of club nights at Dielectric, having been granted temporary licences, but he was given permanent permission to open at a city council hearing on Thursday.
Ahead of the hearing at the town hall, 50 people living near to the Rutland Street venue sent identical letters of objection to the city council's licensing department, asking it not to grant approval for the venue.
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They were concerned about an increase crime and disorder.
Coun Mian Myatt, who was on the deciding panel, said: "There were representations from residents but within the locality there are premises just across the road which are similar in licensing terms.
"This one was capable of holding 180 people and it would be controlled and because it is in the cellar, the level of noise would not be as much as others in the vicinity."
He said police recommendations were included in the approved licence, such as use of sufficient and qualified door staff, a maximum capacity of 180 people and a 1.30am closing time on Sundays.
It is understood the premises will be up and running before Christmas.