Lapdancing club to become shops

Krystals Lap Dancing Club'12-14 Cheapside'Wakefield'WF1 2SD
Krystals Lap Dancing Club'12-14 Cheapside'Wakefield'WF1 2SD
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A former lapdancing club will become two shop units if planning permission is granted.

The former Krystals venue, on Cheapside, closed last year.

And the current owners of the site want to give it a use which is “more sympathetic” to neighbouring businesses.

They have applied to create two shop units on the ground floor and a self-contained flat on the first floor.

A design and access statement submitted to Wakefield Council said: “It is considered that the existing entertainment use is now alien to the existing commercial outlets on Cheapside.

“The change of use is considered as more sympathetic to the commercial centre and indeed local businesses.”

Krystals became the first club in the city to be licensed as a sexual entertainment venue under new council policy in March last year.

The policy meant that the council could impose conditions such as banning external advertising and scantily-clad people from being near the doorway. But the club had closed by the summer.

Planning documents said the building was originally a wool warehouse but had been used as a nightclub for a number of years.

Cheapside was created in 1802 and gradually became occupied by woolstaplers.

The planning statement said the new use would “reflect the heritage and history of the area”.