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New Hayle club – 'I either go bankrupt or I open'

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: March 15, 2014

  • Boxx owner Jonathan Oates said he faces bankruptcy if planning permission is not granted soon for the club.

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A HAYLE man who is trying to open a nightclub in the town said he could face bankruptcy if planning permission is not granted soon.

Proposals for Boxx Club Lounge Studio at Foundry Lane went before a Cornwall Council planning committee on Monday but failed to be approved.

Owner Jonathan Oates, who was expecting permission to be granted after it was recommended for approval by planning officers, said the delay was putting him under financial strain.

"They are not reading the facts – experts have said everything is OK. It is disappointing and frustrating. At the moment we are thinking of contravening town planning. I am not irresponsible, but I either go bankrupt or I open."

Mr Oates had hoped to open Boxx earlier in the year but after making a few changes to the site he had to delay the opening until planning permission for change of use was in place.

Several objections were made against the application, which included concerns about noise levels, increased traffic movements and a lack of adequate facilities.

These prompted local ward councillor, John Coombe, to request for the application to be brought before the committee.

A meeting of the West Sub-Area Planning Committee on Monday voted for a site visit to check that the premises was structurally sound and address highway safety concerns which were raised. This comes despite a report from council planning officers that recommended the plans for approval and highways, environmental health and the police had raised no objections.

Mr Oates added: "The committee think it would be good for Hayle and good for the regeneration. The bureaucracy is just absurd."

The application will be looked at again by the committee at its next meeting on April 7.

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  • Truro_England  |  March 15 2014, 12:01PM

    I feel for Mr Oates. He's trying to do something good in sleepy Hayle but continues to get knocked back my left wing nimbies living in the past, there's people out there who enjoy stopping others having fun.

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  • robzrob  |  March 15 2014, 10:34AM

    Open it, Mr Oates. Ignore the councils. They don't produce anything of value, you will.

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