Underground bar plan for Kettering train station

An underground jazz bar could open at Kettering train station. The blue doors to the bar can be seen on the right of the building

An underground jazz bar could open at Kettering train station. The blue doors to the bar can be seen on the right of the building

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An underground jazz bar could open at Kettering railway station.

Kettering man Tom Roberts is behind the licensing application for a “low key and intimate” venue at the station.

According to the plans, Mr Roberts says he wants to open a “grown-up and respectable” jazz bar which will feature occasional live music from solo pianists and jazz performers.

The underground venue has been at the railway station ever since the station was constructed.

It was initially for the use of drivers and railway staff, although it has been out of use for a number of years.

In the 1990s it opened as a nightclub called Dexters.

Mr Roberts says the bar will cause minimum noise as it is well soundproofed.

The application has attracted a number of objections, but some people living nearby say they are concerned about noise, litter and anti-social behaviour from the venue.

The Telegraph contacted Mr Roberts who said he did not wish to make a comment about the application before Monday’s licensing hearing.

It takes place at the Kettering Council offices from 10am on Monday, May 19.

It can be seen by following the relevant links at www.kettering.gov.uk.