PLANS to build flats on the former site of an iconic nightclub in New Brighton have been unanimously rejected by councillors.

Wirral’s planning committee considered the proposal for a mews-style development of 16 flats with access to parking for 10 cars and landscaped gardens on the site of The Tavern in Magazine Lane during a meeting on Thursday night.

Those against the development were concerned that it would lead to insufficient parking, safety issues with vehicle access, loss of privacy and light.

They also argued it was an overdevelopment of the site, would cause noise and disturbance from use of amenity area.

There were also concerns over potential street clutter and smell from additional bins.

Among the campaigners was Darren May, who told the Globe: "This is a tremendous victory for common sense against a proposal that would have harmed local residents.

"Once again we have demonstrated that when our community in New Brighton comes together, we can achieve some incredible results."

"Residents aren't entirely dismissive of the site being developed so long as it is modest and doesn't create a burden on the existing surroundings."

A focal point of the community for 55 years The Tavern closed its doors for good in 2015.

Mounting costs of an appeal against licensing restrictions lead to owner Steve Cooley’s decision to shut The Tavern in 2015.

At the time Mr Cooley said: "I'm very sad to see it go. It's an iconic building and has been hugely popular over the years.

"I've been very touched by the reaction from regulars past and present, who don’t want me to close."