Businesses object to sex club plans

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Residents and businesses have reacted angrily to plans for a new ‘sex establishment’ in Central Milton Keynes – despite the council recommending the plans be approved.

The application to change the use of the vacant CBX building premises at 488 Midsummer Boulevard from office space to a gentleman’s club was submitted at the start of June by Richard Winterbottom, the former owner of the Phoenix Club in the Leisure Plaza.

The council’s highways development control committee offered no objections to the application based on the area having a good level of parking provision. It was also noted that the opening times, up to 5am, would not conflict with people using the spaces for nearby business parking.

However, a number of local businesses – including Home Retail Group and the Holiday Inn – as well as city Councillor Paul Williams and members of the public, have submitted strong objections.

Mr Williams, who represents the Campbell Park ward, stated in his objection: “The location is not suitable for this sort of development, and I believe the loss of prime office space goes against CC10 and CC11 of the Local Plan.”

Mrs Carol Croft, of Bradwell, also objected on the grounds that the application went against the city’s Local Plan.

She said: “Very strange to have applied for a change of use from offices against the Local Plan. Lap-dancing/strip club development so close to church and residential areas seems totally unnecessary and unlikely to enhance the amenity or experience of residents, customers and visitors to local businesses.”

A spokesman for Home Retail Group, whhich also occupies an office in the area, said: “In our opinion the type of use proposed in this location is inappropriate. The location is a premium office location with mixed retail, gym, opticians, hairdressers etc and the use proposed conflicts with this.”

The proposed ‘gentleman’s club’ would offer sex shop and cinema.