Veil set to come down on lap dancing venue

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CAMPAIGNERS opposed to a lap dancing club operating on their doorstep look set to have been victorious in their battle.

Doncaster Council has revealed bosses at the Players Club have withdrawn an application for a sexual entertainments licence which it needs under new rules brought in to regulate the industry.

It follows concerns being raised that no planning permission existed for the building in Doncaster town centre to be used for lap dancing.

Enterprise Inns submitted a new planning application after the fears were raised at a licensing committee meeting.

But a company spokesman said: “Enterprise Inns can confirm the planning application has been withdrawn.”

Several business in Printing Office Street as well Priory Place Methodist Church and the Doncaster Women’s Centre, both of which are located close to the building, officially objected to the venue having a licence for lap dancing.

The venue had been operating as an adult club for six years.

A meeting of the council’s licensing committee was adjourned in February when concerns were raised.

The authority’s planning department could not tell councillors sitting on the committee whether the club had planning permsision or not.

Players was allowed to carry on trading as normal until the planning issue was established.

However, last week signs had been placed on the outside of the building which said that the venue would be closing down and that “everything must go.”

The site still has planning permission in place to operate as a bar.