Housing bid for March nightclub

G/V of Minstrelz nighclub in March ENGANL00120130905145531

G/V of Minstrelz nighclub in March ENGANL00120130905145531

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A former nightclub could be making way for flats if planners agree at a meeting later today.

Fenland District Council’s planning committee has been recommended to approve the proposal for the former Minstrelz nightclub in High Street, March.

It has stood empty since 2006 and now there are hopes to create one, two and three bedroom flats at the site.

A report to the planning committee states: “The development will bring back into use a vacant listed building which is presently on the council’s Building at Risk Register and importantly will protect the future of this significant building in the March Conservation Area.”

The three storey building, which has Grade II listing, could be converted to create seven of the units.

The remaining eight will be contained in a three-storey building which could be constructed in the courtyard.

There is no parking on the site.

The report states: “The proposal will benefit from an enclosed communal area and the ground floor flats in the new build will benefit from their own private amenity space to the rear.

“Potential impact on neighbours has been assessed and considered and whilst there is an increase in units it is considered that any additional impact will be minimal in this town centre location.”

There have been three letters of objection and a 52-signature petition.

Objections include loss of privacy, noise and views, along with fears of damage to neighbouring properties due to underpinning.

Cambridgeshire County Council has asked the developers for £99.30 to go towards the costs of upgrading Household Recycling Centres and £947.70 for Lifelong Learning and Libraries.

March Town Council supports the recommendation to approve the proposal but calls for CCTV to the back of the site and enclosure of the amenity area.