£1m bar plans to be heard this month


Plans to transform a disused Belper town centre building into a new £1 million bar and nightspot are set to be discussed later this month.

In June, it was revealed that JD Wetherspoon had submitted a planning application to convert the former Bugsy’s Bar and Diner, on Strutt Street, into a new venue and nightspot.

The proposals would lead to around 45 new jobs being created.

Eddie Gershon, spokesman for JD Wetherspoon, confirmed that the plans were subject to approval later in the month.

He said: “Wetherspoon has exchanged on the property and submitted planning, which we understand is to be heard at the planning committee on August 18.”

Wetherspoon say that they aim to use existing parts of the building with external and internal alterations to create a public house.

The company also hopes the development will boost the town’s nightlife and economy.

Mr Gershon said at the time: “Our aim is to develop a pub on the site, which we believe would be a good addition to Belper’s social scene.”

Opinion was split on the proposals when the Belper News asked shoppers in the town centre.

Some said they hoped the chain’s arrival would “generate jobs and hopefully bring people to the town” while others were more sceptical and thought the pub would “bring down the Belper image.”