PROJECT UPDATE: Fears of noise sink plans to extend Ma Kelly’s Prom show bar

Ma Kelly's, Queen's Promenade
Ma Kelly's, Queen's Promenade
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A Blackpool pub operator has failed in its bid to overturn a decision refusing planning permission for an extension at one of its premises.

Frank Kelly, of bar chain Ma Kelly’s, had appealed after Blackpool Council’s planning committee threw out an application to extend Ma Kelly’s Showboat on Queens Promenade, formerly known as Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
The owners of the neighbouring Elgin Hotel had objected to the application, claiming it would create a noise nuisance to the detriment of its guests.
The application had been recommended for approval by planning officers, who said they were satisfied with the noise assessment report.
But Nigel Seddon, owner of the Elgin, addressed the committee in January about the potential impact on his guests.

An independent planning inspector refused the appeal, saying: “The modest benefits advanced in favour of the proposed development would not outweigh the manifestly harmful effects that it would cause to the character and appearance of its host building, and the amenity of visitors to the Elgin Hotel.”
The application had been recommended for approval by planning officers who said they were satisfied with the noise assessment report.

Ma Kelly’s had agreed to limit use of the front door into the extension by customers until 9pm, and said the extension was needed to make the business more sustainable and provide additional accommodation for bar sports such as snooker and darts. The venue, which was taken over by Ma Kelly’s last year, also includes a cabaret room.