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Toe2Toe Dance gets permission from Highland Council for a new dance studio in Mercury House directly next to Clachnacudden Football Club’s ground in Inverness

By Ian Duncan

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Inverness can have a new dance studio after Highland Council agreed to a change of use for the building.

Toe2Toe Dance had applied to the authority’s planning department for permission for the site, which covers an area of 200 square metres, in Mercury House in Wyvis Place.

According to the council’s decision notice it was decided to grant permission for the building, which is directly next to Clachnacudden Football Club’s ground, subject to a number of conditions.

The council has ruled that the use of the building should be limited to use as a dance hall by only the applicant in order to allow the planning authority to retain effective control over the approved development.

In addition the studio can only be open to customers between 9am and 8.30pm, Monday to Friday; 9am to 7pm on Saturdays; and noon to 6pm on Sundays in order to safeguard the amenity of neighbouring properties and occupants.

The decision notice states: “Any music, singing, speech, (whether amplified or not) originating from the operation of the premises shall be inaudible within any noise-sensitive premises.”

Noise-sensitive premises were described as buildings or structures, such as a flat or static residential caravan, with the reason for the condition also to safeguard the amenity of neighbouring properties and occupants.

The notice states that permission was approved because the application was in accordance with the provisions of the council’s development plan and there were no material considerations which would warrant its refusal.

The council’s planning appraisal states: “The site is currently used as a function room and is connected to the football ground. It is proposed that the building be utilised as a dance studio by appointment only but with occasional events. The surrounding uses are largely residential aside from the football ground.”

No external changes have been proposed for the development.

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