Abandoned Mansfield ex-club may face bulldozers

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A former nightclub in Mansfield town centre could soon be bulldozed to make way for a pub beer garden.

Plans have been submitted to Mansfield District Council’s planning committee to flatten much of the old QI building on Leeming Street and transform it into a garden serving The Widow Frost next door and the Stag & Pheasant pub, on Clumber Street.

Both are owned by the national pub chain JD Wetherspoon, and are adjoined to the rear by the old nightclub building.

The detailed plans propose to pull down much of the building, leaving only the front facade facing out on to Leeming Street.

If given the green light by planners, the proposed scheme could see space for more than 200 seats, with a covered, heated dining area.

First known as The Victoria Hall, it was built in 1901 as a general purpose hall and was used as a cinema by 1910.

In 1929 it was converted into the Palais-de-Danse dance hall, and then became the The Palais nightclub in 1989, before undergoing name changes to Coyote Wild, then QI.

In 2010, QI became the first in Mansfield premises to have its licence revoked in more than seven years after a damning dossier of alcohol-related crime was recorded by police and passed to the licencing panel at Mansfield District Council.

The building has been up for sale for a number of years.

Nobody from the council was available for comment, but John Sankey, chairman of Mansfield Business Improvement District (BID), said: “The BID is constantly looking at ways of further increasing footfall in the town centre to the benefit of levy payers, so any ideas that do this have to be examined.

“A beer garden would certainly help to attract people to the venues, although the building itself will certainly hold many memories for people in Mansfield.”

Jonathan Edwards, from MALV (Mansfield Association of Licensed Venues) added: “I personally believe it’s a great idea for the town, because we don’t want a large building in the town centre to go into a derelict state.

“The more outside spaces of quality Mansfield has, the better, especially in the summer months when a lot of people from Mansfield go to Nottingham.

“It could only help increase footfall in Mansfield.”