Newark Town Council defer The Atrium's plans of a first floor and balcony
A decision on whether to support plans for a bar to introduce a first floor and balcony has been deferred.
The Atrium, on Castlegate, Newark, has submitted its expansion plans to Newark and Sherwood District Council.
It was due to be discussed by Newark Town Council’s planning committee last week.
However, a decision of whether to support or oppose the application was deferred until January 30 because not enough councillors attended the meeting.
The chairman, Mr Mathew Skinner, said any decision would not reflect the whole committee.
The Atrium is proposing to install a balcony on the first floor and create an external smoking area on the ground floor.
The first floor would mean the bar would move into additional space that was formerly occupied by Chinese restaurant, Peking Tang.
According to the application: “The proposal is to add value to the existing business that is resident on the ground floor — Atrium.
“The proposed first floor usage will allow existing and future customers to have one of the best experiences available by providing a dance floor, an exclusive VIP area with private wc, bar, and smoking designated area.”
The plans suggest that a window overlooking Castlegate would be the location for a balcony, which committee member Laurence Goff opposed.
“There would be music blasting through the doors on to a main road and it could potentially interfere with drivers,” he said.
Fellow committee member Mrs Gill Dawn also raised concerns on how a balcony area would be policed.
Mr Skinner said he would be happy with the creation of an external smoking area if it would be taken away from a public area.
However, he said the diagram submitted by The Atrium was not clear and did not show where the smoking area would be.
Smokers are currently directed to stand outside the main entrance of the bar.
The proposal has been supported by Newark Business Club.
The district council will have the final say on the planning application.