SUGAR Hut nightclub wants to open until 7am in the morning.

The new owner of the famous night spot has asked to open to the morning as part of plans to bring an Ibiza-style club to Brentwood High Street.

However, Essex Police say the application is of “significant concern”.

A statement to Brentwood Council from the force added: “Should this application in its current form succeed, it would encourage other venues to seek to remain open later and the impact of this should not be discounted.

“It is a likely occurrence and one which would undoubtedly lead to an increase in alcohol-related crime and disorder and public nuisance, as well as a reduction in public safety through the Brentwood town centre area.”

Last month the club announced it was closing for three months, for a “cosmetic facelift to make it “one of the best music venues in the entire country”, following its sale by former owner Mick Norcross.

Describing the facelift, owners said they were spending “a vast amount of money to turn the Sugar Hut into a 24/7 operation’.

But Essex Police say most taxi drivers would have gone home when the club closes, thereby posing a “significant disorder problem”.

They add women in particular would be at risk from sexual predators due to the chance of becoming drunk due to longer drinking hours, and then while drunk may unwisely chance taking unlicensed taxi and private hire cars home.

The club wants permission to sell alcohol between 8pm and 2am Monday to Wednesday and between 8pm and 7am Thursday to Sunday.

The club’s reopening party on November 30 is sold out, but a licence is yet to be secured from Brentwood Council.

The new owners have announced that people can expect “some of the world’s best dance music brands, special guests and amazing DJs and artists every week”.

The company has said it will be installing new, world-class sound and light systems and special guest DJs from the worlds of house, techno, garage, disco and hip hop.

Sugar Hut made its debut on TOWIE several years ago, and soon shot to fame after it regularly featured on the ITV reality show.

People travelled from all over the country to visit the nightclub and it was not just bars and restaurants that benefited from its popularity – hotels and beauty salons saw an uplift too.

But lately it has seen a drop in the number of revellers.