A GLASGOW cocktail bar has made moves to operate as a nightclub.

Cova in West Regent Street in the city centre has asked the council for permission to operate as a nightclub.

The nightspot describes itself as a cocktail and gin bar and currently opens to midnight.

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Now they want to change the use of the B-listed public house to a nightclub which would open to 4am.

A planning statement said: "The proposed development will see the change of use of the existing public house into a nightclub with the extension of opening hours until 4am.

"Externally there will be no change to the external fabric of the building.

"Internally the existing interior and layout will remain exactly as it is and that includes the dance floor, seating and bar/servery. Existing waste/refuse arrangements will continue as is.

"The premises already enjoy the benefits of a late licence, but given the change in the activity to that of a nightclub, an extension to late operating until 4am, which is in line with similar nightclubs within the city, is now being sought."

The statement added: "The proposed development will see the continued use of part of this B listed property and will ensure that in the absence of other occupiers that part of the property is still providing a service to visitors and residents alike.

"Glasgow is rightly recognised for the range and variety of clubs, diners, bars etc which contribute to the dynamic and vibrant evening and night time economy, and the change of use of this public house into a nightclub will further add to and complement the range of such venues in the city.

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"The change of use can be accomplished with no external or internal alterations to the property, so the streetscape and local ambiance will not be affected."

A decision is expected to be made on the planning application by January 18.

The last date for comments is December 20.