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Demolition of The Solstice officially given green light

The Solstice will be demolished and replaced with student accommodation after the council's planning department gave the plan the go-ahead.
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Demolition of The Solstice officially given green-light to go ahead

Documents released today, February 23, confirm that the proposal has been permitted with prior approval by Peterborough City Council (PCC), subject to the demolition taking place in the next five years.

On February 15, planning officers recommended the demolition plan for approval, and following the meeting yesterday, February 22, it has been given the green-light to go ahead. 

Plans to demolish the two-storey nightclub will now go forward for MPB Structures Ltd, with contractors permitted to work from 8am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday, and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. 

A road closure will be enforced at one point during the demolition process on Northminster and Brook Street, but it is expected to last no more than three to five days in total. 

A new date of demolition is yet to be announced, with previous plans to have the site demolished by January 29 postponed because the council needed further information. 

The plans detail a seven-storey tower plus a secondary three-storey block offering a combined 56 apartments, with restaurants and/or retails units on the ground floor.

It would also include accommodation for up to 77 students and associated car parking. The ground floor would feature the two units, with residential and student accommodation situated on the upper floors. 

As part of the affordable housing scheme, of the 56 dwellings, the applicant has committed to provide 17 affordable dwellings, which meets the requirement to provide 30% affordable dwellings. This would include 12 affordable rented homes and five intermediate tenure. 

The nightclub officially closed in October due to Covid-19 restrictions; writing on their Facebook page the team said: "Unfortunately due to increase government restrictions we have had no choice but to close The Solstice until further notice. 

"We want to thank you for your support over the last 23 years and we hopefully look forward to seeing you all again soon."

It had remained closed since the start of the first lockdown last year.

Speaking at the time, a spokesperson from MPB Structures, who own the building, said at the time: "The Council's Local Plan for Northminster has made it difficult for the club to operate, with critical paths and roads being closed preventing access to our venue, demolition works ongoing, and general lack of investment in the Northminster area for the past 20 years.

"As a local family and business, we are committed to leading the much-needed regeneration of this area.

"We are very proud of Peterborough and what we have achieved here. Solstice has been an important and successful part of Peterborough's leisure scene for many years and we thank all our loyal customers for their support. Our proposal to invest in creating student accommodation at this site is a clear demonstration of the private sector’s confidence in the success of the new University.

"This is an ideal place for students to live and we believe the new look buildings will significantly add to the overall regeneration of this area, including the local green space at Stanley Recreation Ground. Together with the new apartments and commercial units, it will breathe new life into this part of the city centre.

"We appreciate that many local people will have wonderful memories of the club and this is a new beginning, we want the Solstice brand to continue and to support the new University, and we will be looking at how we meet changing leisure patterns."