THE man behind a new kinky hotel in Southampton has pleaded for help from council chiefs in his bid to secure planning permission for the venue.
Martin Millar has sought advice from planning officers after submitting controversial proposals to open Club Kiss in Woolston.
As reported by the Daily Echo, the club, in St Anne’s Road, opened at the end of September despite not having the planning permission required for it to become a hotel.
It came after Mr Millar’s previous venue, the JCT2 Club in Calmore, was shut down after planning inspectors agreed it was being run illegally as a business in a residential property.
Just last week Mr Millar, 37, admitted defeat in his bid to turn Milton House, a former NHS rehabilitation centre, into a hotel for people with “alternative lifestyles”.
But in the latest twist to the saga, he has appealed for guidance from planning bosses in a last-ditch bid to gain their approval for the development.
His hotel contains two dungeons, a “kinky room”, a “mirror room” and five themed “playrooms”.
In a series of planning documents available to view on the Southampton City Council website, Mr Millar seeks help from Stephen Harrison, the council’s planning projects team leader.
During an email exchange, Mr Millar writes: “You say you are not convinced that I am running a hotel, so could you please advise why you think that and what I can do to make you see that is exactly what I am trying to do.
“Can you tell me what I need to do now to let this application go through?”
Despite Mr Millar’s efforts, ward councillor Warwick Payne told the Daily Echo he expects a “deluge of opposition”
from local residents.
Cllr Payne, who is also the city’s leisure boss, said: “If any applicant asks for help from us, needless to say we will give them help.
“What is clear in this case, though, is that an application for a swingers’ club is almost certain to bring universal condemnation.
Now that this application has gone live, I am fully expecting a deluge of opposition.
“In the last few days, Mr Millar has expressed an interest to turn Milton House into accommodation for students or homeless people instead.
“We would advise Mr Millar that the sensible way forward would be to withdraw his current application now and pursue these avenues.”