PLANS have been submitted seeking permission to expand a town centre nightclub’s premises.

Proposals have been drawn up and sent to the council with regards to Bar 44, at 44-46 Westfield Street, St Helens.

It is proposed to create a single-storey bar and kitchen extension on vacant land next to the nightclub at 48 Westfield Street, formerly the site of a now-demolished health food shop.

Plans also include for the demolition of the shop at 50 Westfield Street to enable the construction of enclosed seating terrace and a single-storey toilet block.

The application says the commercial premises currently at the site is in “a dilapidated condition”.

A design and access statement, drawn up by Taurus Design Services, on behalf of applicant S Lawler says: “The ground floor layout comprises a revised entrance configuration on the side of Bar 44.

“The bar will then be opened up to accommodate ground floor toilets and a smoking area to the rear and further licensed floor space and seating to the front.

It adds “minor alterations are proposed to the first floor configuration”.

Plans add that “the scale of the property is in keeping with that of the previous business premises and surrounding area”.

It says “the existing character of the area has been maintained and has not been jeopardised by the extent of our proposals”.

The application says it is estimated the bar will have a total licensed capacity in the region of 520 “however this is subject to ongoing negotiations with police, fire and licensing departments”.

The semi-enclosed smoking area is proposed to be on the ground floor to the rear yard area of the site.

A determination deadline on the planning application has been set for July 26.