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Former Cannock nightclub to make way for apartment block

A former Cannock nightclub is set to be pulled down to make way for new housing.

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The former Silks nightclub in Cannock. Photo: Google

Silks, in Mill Street, has been vacant for a number of years and has been affected by anti-social behaviour, Cannock Chase Council’s planning committee heard at its meeting last week.

Councillors have now given the go-ahead for the former club, which opened as Snoopy’s in the early 1970s, to be demolished. A two and three-storey building containing 15 apartments is earmarked for the site.

A report to the planning committee said: ” The proposal would demolish a decaying building of no architectural merit, with a viable robust residential use that would also increase housing supply and choice. The proposal is of a simple modern design that would provide variety and complementary contrast in design within the street scene with details appropriate to this location, that would replace a derelict building currently having a negative impact on the town centre.

“The maximum height of the new building would be 10m high (three storey element) with a flat roof design. The proposed building would comprise a modern contemporary design with red and cream colour brick materials with sections of mid and dark grey panels and fenestration, some of which would incorporate Juliet balconies.

“To the rear of the proposed development would be the parking area with provision for 19 car parking spaces. This would be accessed from Price Street via an archway in the proposed building.

“On site covered cycle provision is also proposed adjacent the rear entrance into the building. To the rear would also be amenity space for the occupiers of the proposed building.”

Committee members visited the site on Wednesday before making their decision. A nearby resident raised concerns at the meeting about windows in the new building overlooking their property and called for a brick wall to be installed instead of railings or fencing.

Councillor Alan Pearson said: “This site is in my ward and it needs redeveloping. I’m concerned the owners of it have let it get to this state.”

Fellow committee member Councillor Peter Kruskonjic said: “It’s going to get rid of an old building. There have been kids on the roof of that building.”

Councillor Mike Hoare said: “It might help with the anti-social behaviour because you will have people living around there. It is a nice building and we need the accommodation.”

Councillor Martyn Buttery added: “It brings more homes into the district, specifically the town centre, as well as alleviating the eyesore which is currently there. I’m all for it.”