New function room wanted for Opera Bingo in Barrow

Opera Bingo bosses want to add 103 square meters of additional internal space to the site to serve as a function room.

The application on Barrow Borough Council’s planning portal says the new hall ‘would meet the increased requirements in a post-Covid environment’.

The Holker Street venue opened in 2019 and is owned by Graves (Cumberland) Ltd.

The design and access statement submitted as part of the application states: “Since opening and subject to Covid restrictions, the bingo hall has been warmly received in Barrow and the wider community and is a business successful for the local business.

“Considering the effects of Covid-19, there is a desire to provide more shielded space internally for larger parties who currently use the wider facilities offered by the premises.”

The reception hall would be built on an ‘area of ​​old brush land’ which overlooks Dryden Street, which is next to Holker Street.

“This area has recently been fenced off and has historically been used for ad hoc parking, trash dumping and has generally been neglected,” the design and access statement reads.

The extension would be on one level, with the reception hall accessed through interior doors leading to the main bingo hall.

The application indicates that the new hall would match the existing bingo hall in terms of interior decoration and exterior appearance.

Opera is one of two bingo halls in Barrow – the other being Apollo in Hollywood Park on Hindpool Road.

Opera has three other branches in Cumbria – in Carlisle, Workington and Whitehaven. Owner Graves (Cumberland) Ltd also owns a bingo hall in St Helens, Merseyside.

The Barrow branch is on the site of a former Kwik Save convenience store.

Barrow Borough Council’s planning portal says the application for the reception hall is currently at the public consultation stage.

It says a number of residents of Shakespeare Street, which is located next to Dryden Street, have been contacted directly to inform them of the bid.

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