Barbican Road karaoke bar plans put on hold

York Press: The Royal Dragon in 2004 The Royal Dragon in 2004

THE owners of a former Chinese restaurant in the centre of York have shelved plans to turn it in to a late-night karaoke bar.

Proposals for refurbishing the Barbican Road building which once housed the Royal Dragon restaurant were handed in to City of York Council in December.

But they have now been withdrawn, after local residents complained its new use could lead to their peace being disturbed.

JWPC Limited, the planning agents for the scheme, said the plans would be resubmitted once issues which have emerged had been dealt with, including concerns about noise.

But the karaoke facilities would only be available for use by diners at the ground-floor restaurant which forms part of the scheme.

If it goes ahead, the venue will be renamed The Regency. A licence to operate the business was granted by the council in November, but planning permission for the refurbishment is still required.

Renovation work is currently taking place at the site – which was home to the Spotted Cow pub before becoming the Royal Dragon – with the plans, submitted by applicant ZL Chen, also including three dining rooms for parties on the upper floors and 11 karaoke rooms.

It would have room for 100 people, with no more than 50 on the upper floors at a time, and JWPC has said ten new jobs would be created.

The council was originally due to make a decision on the proposals this month, although planning officials raised “significant concerns” about the venue’s licence application when it was discussed in November.

People living near the site also objected due to the owners wanting permission to open until 3.30am every day, but the applicants have said the last entry time for customers would be midnight.

In the original planning application, JWPC said “significant investment” was being pumped into the scheme, which would give the building “a viable economic role”. The firm also said soundproofing measures would be installed to help allay noise concerns.

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11:21am Mon 28 Jan 13

bob the builder says...

aaaww! little wonder the Barbican never got redeveloped. What next - close the theatres because they make too much noise with pantos?
aaaww! little wonder the Barbican never got redeveloped. What next - close the theatres because they make too much noise with pantos? bob the builder
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12:22pm Mon 28 Jan 13

nick clogg says...

it was a terrible restaurant, once got severe food poisoning so at least that's gone. agree with bob though, place will end up as flats
it was a terrible restaurant, once got severe food poisoning so at least that's gone. agree with bob though, place will end up as flats nick clogg
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12:31pm Mon 28 Jan 13

THE_JABINATOR says...

I can't understand the mentality of people who buy/rent property in The City Centre then complain about noise. What do these cranks expect? This Chinese restuarant was a rock venue years ago (Spotted Cow) - The Walmgate/Lawrence Street area has always been known for pubs and clubs - long before many of the current resisdents moved in I suspect. Personally I think it should be turned into a 24 hour brothel. We don't have one of those in York (Well - apart from Club Salvation)
I can't understand the mentality of people who buy/rent property in The City Centre then complain about noise. What do these cranks expect? This Chinese restuarant was a rock venue years ago (Spotted Cow) - The Walmgate/Lawrence Street area has always been known for pubs and clubs - long before many of the current resisdents moved in I suspect. Personally I think it should be turned into a 24 hour brothel. We don't have one of those in York (Well - apart from Club Salvation) THE_JABINATOR
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2:29pm Tue 29 Jan 13

ShunGokuSatsu says...

THE_JABINATOR wrote:
I can't understand the mentality of people who buy/rent property in The City Centre then complain about noise. What do these cranks expect? This Chinese restuarant was a rock venue years ago (Spotted Cow) - The Walmgate/Lawrence Street area has always been known for pubs and clubs - long before many of the current resisdents moved in I suspect. Personally I think it should be turned into a 24 hour brothel. We don't have one of those in York (Well - apart from Club Salvation)
I agree that it seems short-sighted to move into a city centre and then complain about noise, but by the time you get that far from the end of Walmgate, you're really out of the noisy area. The Royal Dragon sat vacant for what, six years? Seven? Seems reasonable to be concerned about the end of such an extended quiet streak.
[quote][p][bold]THE_JABINATOR[/bold] wrote: I can't understand the mentality of people who buy/rent property in The City Centre then complain about noise. What do these cranks expect? This Chinese restuarant was a rock venue years ago (Spotted Cow) - The Walmgate/Lawrence Street area has always been known for pubs and clubs - long before many of the current resisdents moved in I suspect. Personally I think it should be turned into a 24 hour brothel. We don't have one of those in York (Well - apart from Club Salvation)[/p][/quote]I agree that it seems short-sighted to move into a city centre and then complain about noise, but by the time you get that far from the end of Walmgate, you're really out of the noisy area. The Royal Dragon sat vacant for what, six years? Seven? Seems reasonable to be concerned about the end of such an extended quiet streak. ShunGokuSatsu
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