Springwood has won a licence for a new £6m nightclub after abattle of almost two years. Licensing magistrates in Nottingham awarded a late-night drinks licence for a new Zanzibar nightclub and rejected police claims that a new club would lead to an increase in alcohol-related city centre violence. The 1,940-capacity venue will be in a former Odeon cinema on the city's Angel Row, adjacent to the central Old Market Square. Magistrates also refused to accept objectors' views that the club was too close to taxi ranks, saying this could be an asset by removing people from the Old Market Square. Springwood Leisure chairman Adam Page, whose home city is Nottingham, said he was delighted at the outcome of 19 months of endeavour. "Nottingham is where we started with the Isabella's concept in the late 1970s. We believed then, as we do now, that there is a market for late-night entertainment for those who want more to do than stand at a bar and drink. "We'll be catering for those who want to be entertained with live music with a chance to enjoy conversation and good company." It is proposed the club will feature local talent, touring American and UK bands and artists who might not get a chance in other venues around town. Springwood already has planning permission for the redevelopment scheme but it is not yet known when work will start. The plans have been consistently opposed by the police force and competing businesses. l Police voiced their general concerns about late-night problems in the city during a BBC TV programme last Thursday which highlighted the city's violent reputation.