A residents’ group in Winchester, Hampshire, has applied for a formal role at the public inquiry into whether Winchester's first nightclub should be built. Nightclub company Karma has drawn up plans for a 1,500 capacity club on the site of the city’s old post office sorting office. The campaigners have written to the John Prescott, deputy Prime Minister, asking for special status giving them the right to speak at the inquiry, call expert witnesses and cross-examine anyone called by the developers. Dr Chong-Yee Khoo, a member of the Preserve Winchester Group, said: "This is a matter of grave concern to many residents of Winchester, particularly the elderly. "We now have an opportunity to take an active role in the appeal and public inquiry, and we look forward to representing the interests of the city in the best way possible." Winchester City Council turned down Karma’s revised application for the late-night venue in March, but the company has now appealed and a public inquiry will be held next year.