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Closing time for last remaining nightclub in Driffield

Driffield will soon no longer have a nightclub after a change of use planning application was submitted for Georgie’s Bar.

Building owner and bar director Clive Tomlinson has entered the plans to alter the venue to general commercial use on the ground floor and conversion of the first and second floors to four self-contained apartments.

Georgie’s Bar has only opened one night a week – on Saturdays – since 2017 and is understood to have struggled financially in recent years, a situation not helped by the COVID-19 pandemic when it was forced to close during the subsequent lockdowns.

The ground floor is currently a bar area, with the first floor a performance space and dancefloor, whilst the second floor is utilised as storage space.

Mr Tomlinson’s plans will see the ground floor retained for commercial use.

The space will be available for letting on a commercial basis for any of the purposes described with Class E which encompasses commercial, business or service use.

This incorporates the display or retail sale of goods, other than hot food, sale of food and drink for consumption (mostly) on the premises, and the provision of financial services, professional services (other than health or medical services) or other appropriate services in a commercial, business or service locality.

The first and second floors will each comprise two apartments.

The first floor will have one two-bedroom property and one single-bedroom property, whilst the top level will consist of a pair of two-bedroom apartments.

Mr Tomlinson, who also owns Hotel Forty One on Market Place and The White Horse Inn, Hutton Cranswick, has owned 7 Market Walk since 2010.

In his planning statement, he said his ‘original business plan’ was ‘to open seven days a week giving Driffield a modern bar concept as opposed to a traditional pub, providing ‘high end’ quality furnishings, décor, state-of-the-art TV and sound systems, wi-fi, daily newspapers, speciality barista coffee, refreshments and premium and quirky alcoholic drinks’.

The statement continued: ‘Following the demise of Hooters on Cranwell Road in 2012, Georgie’s exercised use of its 4am licence and reduced to three nights in a nightclub format and just operates one night a week’.

Mr Tomlinson pointed to a decline in the sector behind his decision to close the bar and is hoping this planning application will secure the building’s future.

His planning statement read: “With a nationwide dwindling night-time economy (licence sector) and other local venues obtaining 1am-3am licences, Georgie’s has experienced continuing dwindling trade.

“In 2017, it reduced to one night per week with a trade pattern of 2200-0200 and only being saved by trade 0200-0330 (0400).

“Financial records are available that reflect and demonstrate further why it is time to change use of the property and secure its future.”

The application can be viewed on the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s planning portal by searching the reference number 22/01073/PLF.

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