PLANS for a new Afro-Caribbean themed bar and restaurant have been given the green light – but the council has ruled that the new establishment cannot play amplified music and must close no later than midnight.

Palladium Bar and Grill in Bradshawgate, which is currently vacant, is set to be converted into a restaurant and bar.

It will serve as a new location for Sparkles Bar, currently based in the Union Buildings off Bradshawgate, which will be closed and relocated.

But a condition has been included in the decision notice prohibiting amplified sound or music at the new establishment.

Planning officers said the primary reason for this is to protect the amenity of residents at the Old School Rooms in Bollings Yard.

They made their decision in the absence of a noise report or any proposed sound proofing measures, according to a council report.

The proposed closing time of the new establishment has also been scaled back from 4am on Saturdays and bank holidays, to midnight.

The applicant, Nancy Chimbizi, agreed to amended opening hours of 8am to 11pm from Monday to Thursday, 8am to 12am on Saturdays and bank holidays and 9am to 11pm on Sundays, according to a report by planning officers.

They said: “Given the town centre context, officers consider that a 11.30pm terminal hour on weeknights is acceptable, to allow customers to vacate the premises, similar to the traditional ‘drinking up time’ permitted at bars and public houses.”

Planning officers said that the proposed opening hours, which were to close at 2am on Mondays to Fridays as well as Sundays, were not acceptable.

The new establishment is expected to provide two full-time jobs and four part-time jobs.

A planning statement included in the application said: “The proposal aims to celebrate Afro-Caribbean culture and promote enjoyment and wellbeing for all the community with food and drink, open to the whole of the Bolton family. There are very few places in Bolton that cater for this community.”

Bolton Council issued the decision on Friday, March 27.

The applicant has six months to appeal the decision.