Town hall bosses praise Amir Khan’s £5 million wedding and banqueting hall
AMIR Khan’s “high-quality” wedding venue was praised by councillors for its huge potential to regenerate Bolton as they unanimously approved the plan.
The planning committee yesterday described the £5 million plan as a “top-end” and “high-quality” application that deserves the full support of the town.
The ambitious target of opening a wedding venue, banqueting suite and function hall had been enthusiastically recommended for approval by officers.
Catering largely for Asian weddings, it was deemed that the niche purpose of the development would not take trade away from Bolton town centre, especially as alcohol would not usually be involved.
Council leader Cllr Cliff Morris said: “The site is derelict and has been for many years now.
“It is not the nicest site to look at and this plan would undoubtedly regenerate the area, which would be fantastic.”
The deputy leader of the Conservative group, Cllr Andrew Morgan, said: “What I really like is that it is a bespoke, top-end application that would make a huge difference. We must give it our full support to help it bring extra investment to the town.”
A resident of nearby Fern Street had voiced concerns that the banqueting hall would overlook his house and create noise and light pollution. But no members of the public spoke against the plan.
Cllr John Walsh said he appreciated the benefits of the plan but urged the council to be cautious and monitor the development to ensure it does not disturb neighbours.
A late amendment was made to the plan concerning opening hours.
The closure time will be brought forward from 2am on Friday and Saturday nights by an hour, while it will close from Sunday to Thursday at midnight rather than 1am.
A name for the facility has not yet been decided, while it is understood that a choice to be made between a “unique” name or something that honours someone in the community.
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