COLCHESTER’S biggest nightclub completed its rebranding without planning permission, it has been revealed.

Trilogy opened in the city centre on October 20 last year after nightlife chain Epic Bars and Clubs jumped in to save the threatened Atik nightclub.

Signs bearing the nightclub’s new identity were put up at the venue in High Street ahead of its opening weekend, but Colchester Council only received an application for the change of signage on December 13 – almost eight weeks after the club’s relaunch.

Planning officers have since approached consultees including Historic England over the proposals for the Grade II listed building, but the council is yet to decide on the plans.

Gazette: Before - the former Atik nightclubBefore - the former Atik nightclub (Image: Newsquest)

A separate bid to revamp the inside of the building was only submitted to the planning authority a week before the club’s relaunch, despite work having already begun at the site.

The plans for an “internal cosmetic re-fit” were approved by planning officers on December 6, more than six weeks after clubbers were first welcomed back to the site.

Nightclub bosses previously said it had not made an earlier application as they did not believe it was necessary because they were not planning for any major structural works or changes to any of the building’s listed features.

Trilogy had not responded regarding its latest bid at the time of going to press.