Watford’s biggest nightclub still faces being shut down in the new year despite plans to turn it into homes being thwarted.

A proposal for 147 homes at the Pryzm site in The Parade was rejected by Watford Borough Council in July.

But ahead of that decision, the Watford Observer was told Pryzm’s tenancy would end on January 5 2023, even if plans were refused.

Read more: Pryzm Watford landlord reacts to planning permission refusal

Other tenants have also been served notice to leave but Iceland could retain its business in one of the new retail units - if planning permission can be secured.

Watford Observer: A CGI of the scheme that was rejected by the council in the summerA CGI of the scheme that was rejected by the council in the summer (Image: Dwyer Asset Management Ltd)

The fight to save Pryzm, which is the biggest nightclub in Hertfordshire, reached Parliament after Watford MP Dean Russell joined the campaign to save it.

Read more: Fight to save Pryzm taken to Parliament by MP

Read more: Losing Pryzm would be 'devastating' for Watford's economy

But after a spokesperson for Pryzm confirmed last week there was “no update”, the MP’s office expressed “frustration” that the closure is still on the cards.

Watford Observer: Pryzm manager Dave Vickary, left, with Watford Conservative MP Dean RussellPryzm manager Dave Vickary, left, with Watford Conservative MP Dean Russell (Image: Dean Russell MP)

A spokesperson for Mr Russell said: “Dean has remained in close contact with the manager of Pryzm and he still firmly supports the nightclub remaining open and continues to champion Watford’s night-time economy.

“Unfortunately, neither the freeholder nor the developer have been very forthcoming in regards to their next steps, which is of course frustrating for everybody that wants the nightclub to stay open.

"Dean will remain in contact with Pryzm and will continue to voice his support for the campaign against its closure.”

Watford Observer: Pryzm nightclub in Watford town centrePryzm nightclub in Watford town centre (Image: Stephen Danzig)

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