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Not raising the roof just yet...

Gymnasts at the Cats with Red Shoes dance school on Highfield Road South Shore has had planning permission turned down to raise the roof height.

Gymnasts at the Cats with Red Shoes dance school on Highfield Road South Shore has had planning permission turned down to raise the roof height.

  • by David Sharman
 

A DANCE school is set to appeal against Blackpool Council’s decision to throw out its plans to expand its premises.

The council’s planning department turned down the Cats with Red Shoes’ proposals to extend its roof despite dozens of supporting letters and a 150 signature petition in favour of the plans.

Now the school, based on Highfield Road, South Shore, says it will challenge the council’s decision. It claims expansion to its roof is much needed to allow its older pupils to practise more challenging dances,

Principal and owner Hayley Dancy, 26, said: “We’re planning on appealing to see if we can get it passed. The pupils have taken it really badly because some of them are starting to practise handstands on the bars but because of the height of the roof they can’t do that at the moment.”

Highfield councillor, and Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for young people, Chris Maughan, had lent his support to the cause.

He said: “It’s quite disappointing because it’s the second time they’re tried to get this through.

“It’s a small business which does a lot of work with young people in its community and all they want to do is expand.

“Have looked at why it was rejected I think there was a few errors in the process. I’m hoping this application will go to the planning committee and we can let its members decide.”

A spokesman for Blackpool Council’s planning department said: “The council refused permission for the extension due to it causing an overbearing impact and loss of light to the nearby residents.

“It was also feared the building would lead to an overflow of parking on to the street, creating congestion to the detriment of pedestrian and highway safety.”

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