Hold the Fez-tivities
Fez may still close after developers say they intend to resubmit their plans.
by Varsity News
Friday 24th February 2012, 01:06 GMT
Plans to transform Fez club into a block of flats may still go ahead, despite the original planning application being withdrawn this week.
This means that Fez's future still remains precarious. Since the application was submitted in September 2011, it had been pending consideration by the Cambridge City Council.
Though hopes (as voiced by Varsity) had been raised that Fez’s future had been secured for the time being as the application was withdrawn, it has transpired to be merely a stay of execution as the company overseeing charge of the building say they plan to resubmit plans in the next few months.
Problems arose over a “small planning point” which has meant “a slight amendment to the proposal” is needed, but the developers are optimistic that their resubmitted plans will get the go-ahead from the Council.
The original application proposed to change the use of the building, which Fez shares with shops, to provide 12 residential apartments over three floors and extend a ground floor restaurant onto part of the first floor, increasing its dimensions to 92sqm.
The news follows a turbulent last six months for Cambridge’s nightclubs with Luminar’s Cindies and Life almost facing closure last Michaelmas, and Kambar closing down over the Christmas vacation.
If Fez does close down, it would not only leave students with less choice for nightlife, but would leave London as the only city with a Fez Club.