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Ballare nightclub to move and 125-room hotel planned

Plans to relocate one of Cambridge’s biggest nightclubs and build a 125-room hotel in Petty Cury have been recommended for approval.

Plans to move the Ballare nightclub, located in the Lion Yard shopping centre, to the building’s basement will be discussed on Thursday (December 5).

Cambridge City Council’s planning committee is recommended to approve the plans, which include alterations to the buildings including new windows, and a new entrance to the nightclub from the shopping centre.

According to a report to the committee: “The proposed hotel would provide 125 rooms and accommodate approx. 288 guests. It would be accessed from the entrance to George House, adjacent to Fisher House. A large amount of brickwork will be removed and replaced with a glazed wall to demarcate the entrance.

“A new single storey structure is proposed to accommodate the nightclub entrance. The entrance is proposed adjacent to the ground floor entrance to Lion House and would include acoustic treatments to minimise any noise spillage.”

Ballare is one of the busiest clubs in the city. According to the Cambridge Retail and Leisure Update Study 2013, the club caters for 35 per cent of the total nightclub capacity in Cambridge.

Speaking earlier this year, Henry Webber, associate asset manager at Aberdeen Standard investments, said moving the club would help make the most out of the space available.

He said the new basement location would be far better suited for a large nightclub.

Another application has been submitted for the Lion Yard which will be considered separately. This application relates to the demolition of existing retail kiosks and provision of a new extension to provide a “food and beverage quarter”.

Existing shops near St Andrew’s Church are set for demolition, and a new roof terrace looking over St Andrews Church is also planned, as well as a new shopping centre facade for the St Andrews Street Entrance of Lion Yard.

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