A plan to transform a warehouse at a long-established aquarium into a “swingers’ club” has been given the go-ahead.

The plan for the members only club at the site of Dave’s Angling Superstore, also known as Dave’s Aquarium, on Folds Road near Bolton town centre was first lodged in March this year.

The scheme, which will keep the aquarium in operation, includes a massage area, sauna and 'dungeon' has now been given approval by Bolton Council officials.

A council report said: “The proposed development includes alterations to the existing, long-established building to facilitate a change of use to a private members club.

“The proposal does not include any excavation or significant external works within 10m of the railway viaduct.

The Bolton News: Dave's Angling Superstore will continue running as normalDave's Angling Superstore will continue running as normal (Image: Newsquest)

“All physical works proposed within 10m of the viaduct are internal works to the existing building and thus it is not considered that the proposal would have an adverse impact on the existing railway infrastructure.”

Owner Peter Hemingway has said previously that he intends to bring his experience running Pandora’s Swingers Club in Leeds to the new project and that he hopes to create an inclusive environment for all attendees, including members of the LGBT and trans communities.

The Bolton News: The proposed first floorThe proposed first floor (Image: Bolton Council)

Pandora’s is also found right next to an angling store in Armley, Leeds and Dave’s Aquarium on Folds Road is set to continue running as normal after the club opens.

Mr Hemingway has previously given his assurances that couples will need to bring ID while single men looking to join will need to go through an online process.

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No alcohol will be served at the bar, which will sell soft drinks, but members can bring their own drinks if they wish.

Bolton Council officials have noted that far from provoking any disturbances, redeveloping the site into a swinger’s club is likely to lessen problems with crime and anti-social behaviour in the area.

A statement said: “The proposal would result in a vacant building being brought back into use and in this regard, it would likely have a positive impact on reducing vandalism and anti-social behaviour in the locality.”

The as-yet unnamed swinger’s club is now set to open at a later date.