‘BOOZE and ball games’ venue Roxy Lanes is a step closer to opening in the county.

Councillors have granted Roxy Leisure Limited a premises licence in the three-storey High Street building that houses New Look at ground floor level in Cheltenham.

The premises licence allows entertainment, including films and recorded music, and the sale of alcohol.

And Roxy Lanes will be allowed to open from 11am until 2am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and until midnight during the rest of the week.

Several Cheltenham residents had raised objections over fears their plans would fuel anti-social behaviour in nearby Grosvenor Place South and Cambray Place.

Speaking at a recent licensing committee, a couple of residents expressed their concerns.

They said they felt the business should shut at midnight at the latest and it would be better suited at the Brewery Quarter rather than a “semi-residential area”.

“There’s nothing like this at the top of the High Street. It’s opposite just where the High Street backs on to two massively residential streets. It’s not a suitable venue for this.

“From our perspective as residents, it’s very clearly not just a bar, it’s something very different. We don’t think it should have a licence going beyond other similar businesses we can identify in Cheltenham.

“All the other pubs in the area shut at 12am.”

Roxy Lanes says the site will operator as a bowling alley with other competitive socialising games, with a bar and will serve food.

A company representative told the committee they are a premium operator and have reached out to environmental health and Gloucestershire Constabulary when submitting their plans.He also said they also wrote to residents.

“There is no evidence before you to link these premises to the matters that are alleged within the representations. The style of the operation is the reason we say there will be no issues at this premises.”

He said there would be no dancefloor nor live music and it is just a competitive socialising.

Roxy Leisure also said they would be improving the soundproofing at the rear of the building

“It’s in our interest that no noise gets through to the residents at the back,” he added.

The licensing committee approved the application with conditions. All windows and doors will be kept shut after 10pm and signage will be installed requesting that customers who use taxis from the corner of Bath Road or the taxi rank down the High Street.