Plans to turn part of a vacant city centre building into an expressive arts academy have been given the go-ahead.
An application had been lodged by Shannon Coull to turn the vacant first and second floor of 8A Gaelic Lane into the new venture.
In a letter supporting the application, Miss Coull said the academy would provide visual arts, movement, drama, music, writing and other creative activities for all ages.
She added: “I plan to provide tuition on a one to one basis and to small groups and will include a selection of classes promoting local culture as well as bringing guest professional artists/tutors from London to present workshops.
“The building in Gaelic Lane provides wonderful natural light making it perfect for this venture.
“Being in the city centre it is extremely well served with transport links and plentiful parking nearby.”
Miss Coull’s letter states she is a “professional actress” represented by a London agency and a former student of The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London.
City council planners have approved the application, subject to two conditions.
In making their decision, they said the plans would bring vacant space back into use and would be an “acceptable use” for the city centre area.
They added that, subject to conditions, the impact in terms of noise on surrounding levels would be “minimal”.
Neither the council’s environmental health team or roads department have objected to the application.
The roads section said the site is in a city centre location and close to public transport and existing short stay cycle parking.
No objections were lodged by members of the public against the plans.
One of the conditions insisted on by planners is that any music resulting from the venue’s use as an expressive arts academy should be at a level that can’t be heard from the nearest residential properties.
A condition has also been included which limits the use of the building to an expressive arts academy only.
The academy would be located on the upper floors of the three-storey building and would be accessed at ground floor level via a doorway to Gaelic Lane.