A BUSINESSMAN has pledged to bring "a new style of gentleman's club" to Carlisle if his licence application is approved.

It will become the second venue of its type in Carlisle, with Rouge in place in Botchergate.

The proposed gentleman's club will be located on the same road, if an application to turn the upstairs of the former Mint nightclub into a sexual entertainment venue is granted.

Lee Weatherley of Mansion Investments has applied to Carlisle City Council for a licence to use 70 Botchergate as a gentleman's club.

The application was submitted on January 30, with a notice of intention displayed on the door of Mint nightclub.

Mr Weatherley said: "We have applied for a gentleman's club licence for Carlisle city centre.

"We understand you have Rouge at the moment, but we are looking to put something more premium in place with a new style of gentleman's club.

"It will be a safe place with premium whiskies, champagnes and cocktails, more of a premium style to it."

It is expected that the club will create between six and 10 jobs, with about £250,000 spent on the renovation of the building.

Feedback received so far from residents in Carlisle city centre has been mostly positive, says Mr Weatherley.

"There is generally (good feedback). There has been a lot of feedback.

"There are - of course - some people who don't like this type of club.

"We will listen to everything everybody has to say and we will take the feedback onboard."

Mr Weatherley is confident the club can be successful.

"I have visited Carlisle before - quite a few times. It is a lovely place.

"I am confident of making a success of it, if we get the licence."

It is hoped - by Mr Weatherley - that the club will be up and running two/three months after the licence is granted.

The business owner believes he has spotted a gap in the market.

"I think in a lot of towns and cities, you have the nicer places that people like to go to, with nicer drinks.

"There is a market for that in every town."

Objections must be sent to the Licensing Manager, Governance Directorate, Civic Centre, Carlisle, CA3 8QG.

Letters should not arrive later than February 27.