Plans for drinking establishment with 'high class' male hairdressers approved


Plans to convert an empty retail unit into a drinking establishment with 'high class' male hairdressing facilities have been approved.

Oliver Ritchie has been given permission for a change of use of 13 to 15 Alderley Road to enable him to open Oliver's Club in the former Fat Face shop.

In his report the Case Officer said "This proposed A4 use is considered acceptable given its sustainable town centre location and the surrounding mix of retail and leisure uses and would use an existing vacant unit near to public transport and existing on-street and public car park facilities. It is therefore considered to be in a sustainable location and may also help to boost the night time economy, in line with policy EG5 of the Cheshire East Local Plan (2017).

He added "There remains a reasonable balance between some non-retail uses in the shopping centre, whilst still ensuring that the vitality and viability of the shopping function is maintained. Wilmslow is considered to be a reasonably healthy centre and well represented in the independent retail sector together with a good range national multiple retailers and an ample supply of financial and professional services and leisure uses too."

Oliver's Club will be made up of three main sections: a grooming area for haircuts, beard trims, wet cut-throat shaves and facials; a bar and a VIP room for A-List and high profile clientele to enjoy any of the services along with complimentary premium beverages, authentic Cuban cigars and shoe shine.

A condition of the approval is that the opening hours will be limited are 9am to 3am on Fridays and Saturdays and 9am to midnight on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Alderley Road, Planning Applications


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Pete Taylor
Wednesday 27th March 2019 at 3:23 pm
Perhaps the Case Officer can remind us what public transport is available to high-profile VIP and A-list clientele at 3am?
Christian Hurstfield
Wednesday 27th March 2019 at 4:19 pm
Booze and sharps - what could possibly go wrong?

Good to see something different though, and with the Rex opening up it makes sense to open up more nightlife-centric establishments instead of just relying on the usual drone of businesses.
Jon Newell
Wednesday 27th March 2019 at 4:25 pm
I know that I am now a pensioner but even in the days when I might have enjoyed a late night out and can never recall thinking as midnight and the early hours approached “I could do with a haircut”.
Obviously times are changing - and I am almost certainly not the target market.
Clive Cooksey
Wednesday 27th March 2019 at 6:20 pm
A lead balloon springs to mind! There are 10 at least male "barbers" but no blood leters that brought about the original barbers pole. The town needs this like a hole in the head. Are the town planners in a cunning plan to destroy this town with its stupid granting of daft ideas or what?
Terry Roeves
Wednesday 27th March 2019 at 6:22 pm
Only a few more days to April 1st
Simon King
Thursday 28th March 2019 at 12:22 am
Fortunately many/most of us I hope, are considerably more positive and delighted that new venues of any kind are being created, and I amongst many people I know welcome all that keep empty premises to an absolute minimum in the come to environment that we believe Wilmslow is becoming. If it’s not for you then simply don’t go, but don’t be a negative opinionated pessimist. If ones words are no better than silence, then surely it’s better to be silent.
Simon King
Rick Andrews
Sunday 31st March 2019 at 5:44 pm
Bar till 3 am. Lovely - and really needed?So the haircut and grooming reference is just a diversion to fool the planning committee? Let’ s accept that the town centre is now a no go area for local residents after 10:00pm
Good to see empty premises being used but sad to see Wilmslow drifting towards Las Vegas. It’s a downward trend.
Unfortunately, this business is doomed to failure.
Jon Armstrong
Monday 1st April 2019 at 8:05 am
In what way is it a no go area for local residents?
Jon Williams
Monday 1st April 2019 at 3:17 pm
"complimentary premium beverages, authentic Cuban cigars and shoe shine."

I take it the Cuban cigars are to "take out" due to the No Smoking law ?
Richard Armstead
Tuesday 7th May 2019 at 6:57 am
Please hand in your Colt 45 at the police station when you ride into town. Surprised their is no brothel above the saloon. Should attract plenty of family groups to Wilmslow? Of all the planning applications this takes the biscuit.