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NORTH SOMERSET: Music school approved

NORTH SOMERSET: Music school approved

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The community has rallied behind plans to give an “eyesore” betting shop in Yatton a new lease of life. 

The old Betfred bookies in High Street is set to become the Note Warehouse, a private music school offering one-to-one lessons, plus a coffee shop serving tea and cakes.

The plans were submitted by mezzo-soprano Hollie-Ann Bangham, who studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and has performed across Europe.

Parish councillors said the new use would create a cultural hub and “make excellent use of a quite dilapidated empty shop in the heart of the village”.

They were impressed by plans for soundproof pods to insulate the noise from budding musicians.

The plans were supported by 25 residents, who said the music school will be a “tremendous asset” and a “wonderful idea”.

One person said: “I hope it will be a massive success and I can’t wait to see it come to life!”

Another commented: “This is an excellent proposal, turning an eyesore into an enterprise that will add to the life of the community in so many different ways.”

Someone representing the Yatton Music Society commented: “There is an appetite for local live quality music and the YMS has over 100 members, the proposed music school will create a pool of budding musicians who may choose to go on to professional careers in the music industry.”

The new business is expected to create two full-time and eight part-time jobs. All 12 parking spaces will be retained.

The application was approved this week by North Somerset Council.

The old Betfred bookies in High Street is set to become the Note Warehouse, a private music school offering one-to-one lessons, plus a coffee shop serving tea and cakes.

The plans were submitted by mezzo-soprano Hollie-Ann Bangham, who studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and has performed across Europe.

Parish councillors said the new use would create a cultural hub and “make excellent use of a quite dilapidated empty shop in the heart of the village”.

They were impressed by plans for soundproof pods to insulate the noise from budding musicians.

The plans were supported by 25 residents, who said the music school will be a “tremendous asset” and a “wonderful idea”.

One person said: “I hope it will be a massive success and I can’t wait to see it come to life!”

Another commented: “This is an excellent proposal, turning an eyesore into an enterprise that will add to the life of the community in so many different ways.”

Someone representing the Yatton Music Society commented: “There is an appetite for local live quality music and the YMS has over 100 members, the proposed music school will create a pool of budding musicians who may choose to go on to professional careers in the music industry.”

The new business is expected to create two full-time and eight part-time jobs. All 12 parking spaces will be retained.

The application was approved this week by North Somerset Council.

Words: Stephen Sumner, Local Democracy Reporter


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