Restaurant plan for old Hanley nightclub empty for seven years

The former nightclub in Pall Mall Hanley
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Plans have been submitted to turn a disused city centre nightclub back into a restaurant. Rock and metal club Bunker 13, in Hanley closed its doors in 2017 and the prominent building in Pall Mall, which was previously a Chinese restaurant, has remained vacant ever since.

Now a planning application to bring the venue back into use has been lodged with Stoke-on-Trent City Council. Zaye Property Ltd wants to turn part of the single-storey building back into a restaurant, with the rest of it divided into four more commercial units.

According to the application, the building has 'progressively deteriorated' since its closure, with its windows boarded up to prevent access. A 'complete overhaul' will be required to bring the building back into 'habitable use'.

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Back in January 2017, The Sentinel reported how revellers enjoyed a final night at Bunker 13, which had previously moved from Bryan Street when that location was earmarked for demolition. Prior to it being a rock venue it was a Chinese restaurant and before then a nightspot, The Junction.

The application to overhaul it states: "The aim of the proposed development is to provide new commercial floorspace transforming the existing premises into an exciting place to work and visit. The design aim is to rejuvenate the existing neglected brownfield site.

"The proposed design optimises the existing site to create five commercial units in place of the existing club. The large shopfronts will aid in promoting businesses to vehicular and pedestrian traffic, creating a sense of identity and place.

"The hope is that a regeneration of the existing building will provide a transformative rebirth of the entryway to Pall Mall."

The application says that the scheme would create 10 full-time jobs. Planners at the city council will consider the proposals over the coming weeks.

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