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Flats planned for former Wolverhampton LGBTQ+ nightclub and carpark given green light

Catherine Muxworthy January 9, 2023

Plans for 145 new flats, which will replace LGBTQ+ friendly Gorgeous nightclub as well as the former Beatties car park in Wolverhampton city centre, have been approved.

In a statement submitted alongside the application, Dave Carroll Planning – the agents acting on behalf of applicants, SSYS Beatties Ltd – said: “The proposal is to demolish the car park, add a car parking basement with a commercial ground floor, and also six full floors of between 19 and 21 flats per floor.

“There will also be seventh and eighth residential floors with shared amenity space. Nearly all the flats will have at least one balcony – but all of them will have access to communal open space in the five amenity decks provided.

“The Gorgeous nightclub will be replaced by commercial floor space and relocated to a different site within the Beatties ‘estate’.”

First opened by James Beattie in 1877, the historic Beattie’s shop premises – which is adjacent to the carpark and Gorgeous nightclub site – has already been given planning permission to SSYS Beatties Ltd, who bought the building and will transform it into an apartment complex of more than 300 luxury flats.

The adjoining car park, including the Gorgeous nightclub on the ground floor, were built much later than the original store, and are set to be re-developed as residential apartments, with Gorgeous nightclub relocating as part of these plans. Their new home will be a purpose-built nightclub for the city in the new future.

Councillor Lynne Moran said: “I think city centres up and down the country are changing in terms of the built and retail environment. Wolverhampton looks forward to large improvements in the city centre, enhancing access and the night-time economy.”