Inverness may have a new dance studio after Highland Council agrees to a change in building use.
Toe2Toe Dance had applied to the Authority’s Planning Department for permission for the venue, which covers an area of 200 square metres, at Mercury House in Wyvis Place.
According to the council’s notice of decision, it has been decided to grant permission for the building, which sits right next to the Clachnacudden Football Club ground, subject to a number of conditions.
Council decided that use of the building should be restricted to use as a dance hall by the applicant alone to allow the planning authority to retain effective control over the approved development.
In addition, the studio can only be open to customers between 9am and 8.30pm, Monday to Friday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday; and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays in order to preserve the approval of neighboring properties and occupants.
The notice of decision states: “Any music, singing, speech (amplified or not) originating from the operation of the premises must be inaudible in all noise-sensitive premises.”
Noise-sensitive premises have been described as buildings or structures, such as a flat or static mobile home, the reason for the condition also being to preserve the amenity of neighboring properties and occupants.
The notice indicates that the authorization was approved because the application was in accordance with the provisions of the development plan of the council and that there were no material considerations justifying its refusal.
The council’s planning assessment states: “The site is currently used as a reception hall and is connected to the football pitch. It is proposed that the building be used as a dance studio by appointment only but with occasional events. Surrounding uses are largely residential apart from the football pitch.
No external modifications were proposed for the development.