An appeal against the decision to reject plans for a strip joint in Doncaster town centre has been launched, despite continued opposition from business owners and a nearby women’s centre.
The planning application requested permission to change the Loaded pub on Printing Office Street into a lap dancing club, was rejected in December, following concerns about the possible side effects on the sensitive work carried out by women’s charity Changing Lives.
But Enterprise Inns Plc have submitted an appeal against the refusal to Doncaster council, which is currently in progress.
Changing Lives is based opposite the proposed site on Cleveland Street, and manager at the women’s centre, Diane Derbyshire, has called the plans to overturn the planning refusal ‘completely unnacceptable’.
She added: “We totally object to the location of a lap dancing club being situated anywhere near our premises. Doncaster currently struggles with issues around sexworkers and organisations such as Changing Lives exist to support people wanting to leave the sex trade, a lap dancing club, which by association is linked to the sex industry, is not appropriate.”
“Vulnerable girls from the ages of 11-25 use our centre as a place of support and safety and we do not want them exposed to a lap dancing club when they are coming to us for help.”
The women’s centre provides support for vulnerable and disadvataged women who are experiencing violence, abuse, homelessness, poverty, drug misuse and mental health difficulties.
Business owner Beverley Georgiou who runs the Four Seasons family restaurant on Printing Office Street has also spoken out in opposition to the appeal.
She said: “We would appeal to other local businesses and individuals to object to the appeal to the planning application, a lap dancing club is not needed nor wanted in the town centre and does not contribute to building a positive image for Doncaster.”