Plans for a double-storey nightclub in Karratha CBD have been scrapped, with the proponent instead seeking approval for a bar at the same venue. The change of plan was put forward for approval at last week’s ordinary council meeting and was passed 9-1, with the condition an operational environmental management plan was prepared. As part of the conditions for approval, the building’s external facade will have to be upgraded to the satisfaction of the City. The council received two submissions about the bar, with one raising concerns over noise and antisocial behaviour. One of the conditions for approval was detailed plans of noise suppression barriers proposed to be installed around the outdoor smokers’ area and rooftop bar be submitted to and endorsed by the City. The venue would have a maximum capacity of 120 patrons and was expected to have a bar area with pool tables on the ground floor, and a bistro, cocktail bar and rooftop terrace on the first floor. The City of Karratha council had previously approved for the old bank building at 12 Hedland Place to be converted into a nightclub with conditions last October. Concerns raised at the time included the risk of loud noise, littering, and an increase in antisocial behaviour, causing disruption to nearby residents and businesses. A council spokesperson said council supported the application with appropriate conditions as it met all of the statutory planning requirements for the Hedland Place location. “The council is facilitating the development of the Karratha City Centre as a vibrant, safe, and diverse city centre with a mix of entertainment uses for residents and tourists to visit,” they said. “At the time of approval no development timelines were provided and a condition of the application was that council approval would expire if development had not commenced within two years.” The proposed operating hours are 5pm-midnight Monday to Friday and noon-midnight on Saturdays and Sundays. Proponent Joanne Nell declined to comment.