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Club's opening put back

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: January 30, 2014

Jonathan Oates outside Boxx, staying shut until planning consent for a change of use is granted.

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THE grand opening of Hayle's first nightclub in ten years has been put off because planning consent has not been secured.

Boxx Club Lounge and Studio was set to open last Saturday, until a call from planning officers advised owner Jonathan Oates that the change of use from a funeral home to a bar had not been approved yet.

Mr Oates, who had already sold tickets to the opening night, said he was shocked.

"We haven't officially got a change of use because we made an amendment," he said. "It's very frustrating.

"Planning were in favour of passing it. Now we're just sitting and waiting. Our livelihood is at stake."

The amendment added a small enclosed area at the back housing temporary portable toilets that could only be reached through the club. Concerns had been raised about water and sanitation after it was revealed the building had no water supply, though Mr Oates said treated water would be pumped into a storage tank through UV filters and drinking water would be made available in water coolers.

Mr Oates said he had complied with strict controls put in place by health and safety officers and had been under the impression the plans would be passed this week.

"We've met all the requirements of planning; we've satisfied public service requirements. All the authorities have been on our site and have no objections to us running this club," he said.

"It's a ludicrous situation; this was a simple amendment. We've done this by the book from the ground up."

Mr Oates said the club had received a lot of support from the community and called on the council to listen to the people of Hayle.

A council spokeswoman said: "Permission has never been in place for the use because the application has not yet been determined.

"It was therefore prudent for the council to advise the operator that to open without permission would be in breach of planning control."

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