An issue faced in many cities over the last few years by long established music venues including pubs is new residential developments, normally city living apartments, getting built next door with the new residents then complaining about noise with reactive council action damaging the business of that venue. The latest concern in Sheffield is a planning application for a development of apartments aimed at post graduates on Fitzwilliam Street, next door to the Washington. The Washington pub, as well as serving real ale has a busy programme of live music and DJs, has a beer garden and opens until 3am most nights. If this was suddenly subject to restrictions on noise due to new neighbours not only would it be very damaging to its late night business but would also be another hit on Sheffield’s music scene. If you are a regular at the Washington and have a view on the planning application, please make your views known by commenting on the Sheffield City Council planning portal.