A Birmingham lap dancing club has been given permission to remain open until 6am six days a week sparking fears of a creeping spread of the city's infamous entertainment zone into the leafy suburbs.
After securing the extension to the opening hours of its Hagley Road club, Spearmint Rhino is now likely to seek a similar extension to its " Extreme" city centre club on John Bright Street.
The clubs operate from 10am until 4am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday but Hagley Road was granted a two-hour extension by the Birmingham Licensing Committee with a seven to one vote, yesterday.
However, alcohol sales will still stop at 2am, the club assured councillors.
The application was opposed by city councillor Deirdre Alden, although she was unable to attend the meeting for personal reasons.
Coun Alden (Con Edgbaston) is concerned that by granting Spearmint Rhino extended opening hours the council could encourage the growth of night clubs and bars along Hagley Road, effectively extending the Broad Street entertainment zone towards the Ivybush centre.
She is also concerned about the welfare of the lap dancers at the club.
Coun Alden told The Birmingham Post: "I am quite sure the girls do not want to be working until 6am six days a week. I also doubt whether the demand exists for such hours.
"Who on earth would want to visit a lap dancing club between four and six in the morning?"
Julian Skreens, Spearmint Rhino's solicitor, said: "Spearmint Rhino wants to be the best corporate neighbour it can and this is best evidenced by the fact there have been no objections from commercial or private residents to this application.
"On the contrary, we have been receiving plaudits from the local residents and police.
"Currently, we operate until 4am and people are reluctant to leave.
"Some may find it strange that people want to be in a lap dancing club between two and four in the morning with no alcohol but Spearmint Rhino have found they do."
Coun Nigel Dawkins (Con Bournville) told the Spearmint Rhino representatives: "It seems strange that you are going for an extension at the Hagley Road club, which could be seen as being more residential and outside of the city centre entertainment zones, rather than your other club.
"It could be classed as a disturbing trend."
Mr Skreens replied: "It's situation is more favourable.
"If this is successful, I anticipate we may come back to apply for a variation on the city centre club as well."