AN all-night party featuring top DJ Armand Van Helden has got the go-ahead at a Huddersfield mill, despite objections from people living nearby.
Kirklees Council’s Licensing Panel approved the Afterparty event, which will be held at Bates’ Mill, on the corner of Milford Street and Queen Street South, from 10pm on Sunday to 7am on Bank Holiday Monday.
World-famous American DJ Van Helden will headline the event.
It is the third warehouse event organised by Afterparty. Top British DJ Pete Tong performed in April at a gig which was broadcast live on Radio 1.
Some people living at the nearby 1535 flats complex have protested at the parties.
A second party featuring Tong received objections, but councillors gave the licence last-minute approval after organisers promised to take steps to deal with noise from the venue and crowds entering and leaving.
However, those measures did not placate all protesters and two objections were lodged against the latest licence application.
One was from a 1535 resident and the other was by Stephanie Hopkinson, director of the 1535 management company.
At the panel’s meeting yesterday, Ms Hopkinson welcomed the organisers’ promises to reduce noise, but urged them to seek different venue for future events.
She added: “It’s the venue that we object to. This area is being encouraged as an improving residential area.
“We admire the entrepreneurial skills and efforts of the applicants, but we don’t want to have bought into the town’s prime all-night party area.”
Environmental health officer Paul Bailey said it would be possible to find a noise level inside Bates’ Mill that could not be heard inside 1535.
He will work with Afterparty organisers to set a level before the event and monitor the noise inside 1535.
A noise limiter will be used to make sure the music does not exceed a set volume.
Afterparty’s Dave Biddle, who applied for the licence, said they were doing their best to avoid causing a nuisance.
“We want to do everything right,’’ he said. “We don’t want to cause trouble or disturbance to anyone. At each event we have taken more steps and fine-tuned things.’’
Mr Biddle told the meeting he had also arranged for the outside smoking area to be moved to minimise the noise that may carry to 1535.
Organisers also plan to ask taxi drivers not use their horns to attract customers and will note the licence numbers of those that do and pass them on to the licensing panel.
The organisers are also paying for four police officers to start a 6am shift on Monday to ensure there is adequate cover for the end of the event.
Panel chairman Clr Christine Iredale said: “We are very impressed by the efforts of Mr Biddle and his partners to run their business with consideration for their neighbours.”
Mr Biddle said this would be the last Afterparty event of the summer. But they hoped to stage further events, either at Bates’ Mill or somewhere else.