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Yeovil hotel's extension bid at old Tabernacle Junction nightclub site

By Western Gazette - Yeovil  |  Posted: September 27, 2012

FORMER CLUB: Tabernacle Junction in Tabernacle Lane which closed earlier this year and now is subject to plans from The Green Room to extend its neighbouring hotel

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A defunct nightclub site could be converted into an extension for a Yeovil hotel.

The Green Room, in Wine Street, is proposing to create six additional rooms at the Tabernacle Lane site which adjoins its existing building, according to plans submitted to South Somerset District Council.

The nightclub closed suddenly this year after just 12 months of trading.

The plans, which can be seen on the district council’s website, state that three of the new rooms will be “disabled friendly” and that, if the extension is successful, the hotel will look to expand to the first floor of the building.

Architecture consultants Ian Pamplin Associates say part of the building previously used as a bar store and cellar would have to be demolished.

In public documents, the firm states: “The applicant has a proven track record as an hotelier and The Green Room has proven to be a successful business with room occupancy running at higher than expected levels. This has led to this proposal, as there is a proven demand for hotel accommodation in Yeovil.

“Tabernacle Junction is the last in a line of entertainment clubs and bars to occupy these premises and, as with the others, it has closed its doors due to lack of clientele making the business unprofitable.

“The existing build is of very little architectural interest having been originally an industrial unit which has been altered and modified over the years and, due to its town centre location, is not suitable for the light industrial use it was originally planned for.

“The immediate past use also caused concern with neighbours due to the noise and number of people using the club late at night.

“Our proposal will bring a more suitable and sustainable use to the building, regenerating this town centre location without causing issues with the neighbours, bringing more people into the town centre, increasing tourism and benefiting other local businesses.”

The plans will be discussed by Yeovil town councillors at a future planning meeting and will eventually be decided by the district council.

The Green Room is located in the building once occupied by one of the town’s oldest pubs, formerly known as the Hole In The Wall and the Royal Oak.

The plans emerge after a scheme for an 80-bed Premier Inn and Beefeater restaurant were approved for the former Somerfield supermarket site in Middle Street.

The music venue, formerly known as the Orange Box, closed in August.

Its demise prompted calls to save Yeovil’s music scene from disappearing.

The Western Gazette reported last week how Nick Collins, 30, founder of Purple Monkey Promotions, said he has watched the vibrant scene “diminish” as more music venues close or stop staging gigs.

He is calling on more people to support local artists and musicians to get the town’s music scene thriving again.

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