Private members' club granted temporary consent

In deciding to grant permission for the continued use of a building in greater Manchester as a private members' club an inspector has decided that further details of how the venue would operate should be controlled by a condition.

In noting the council’s concern that the scheme would inhibit the regeneration of the area since it perpetuated a lack of activity and vibrancy in the locality, it was unlikely that a well-managed private members' club would deter investors or lead to an increase in crime and antisocial behaviour, the inspector held. But there was a lack of information on how the club currently operated including membership rules, or the vetting of staff and clients. Nor was there any information on the type of customers they were looking to attract. This required a suitable management scheme to be submitted and approved by the council including security measures such as a CCTV system and external security lighting.

Inspector: Mark Caine; Written representations

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