November 5, 2013 12:30

Ministry of Sound makes last-minute plea to Boris Johnson to save club

The venue is at risk from a huge housing development nearby

Ministry of Sound makes last-minute plea to Boris Johnson to save club

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Ministry of Sound bosses have made a last minute plea to Mayor of London Boris Johnson to save the superclub.

The venue's owners have spent four years fighting proposals to build a housing development just 10 metres from the dance Mecca in London's Elephant and Castle. If the plans get approved, the club fear noise complaints from new neighbours will end in its closure. The Mayor is expected to make a final decision in the next fortnight.

In a letter published in the Evening Standard, Lohan Presencer, chief executive of Ministry of Sound Group, said they will be asking the Mayor to ensure a legally binding guarantee that the club can continue to make noise at the same levels it always has done and that developers will ensure buildings are acoustically sealed.

"Ministry of Sound has been at the heart of London for a quarter of a century, the letter reads. "We've earned our right to stay here…Over the past decade all of London's big clubs have closed as a result of redevelopment. We're the last man standing."

It adds: "Do you want to bring the shutters down on nightclubs in London for good? Please Boris, do the right thing for London, don’t stop the music."

Last year, developer Oakmayne Properties' planning application to build a 41-storey luxury residential tower block next to the nightclub was rejected, on the grounds that it breached several policies including providing no social housing, excessive height and overcrowding as well as the noise impact from the club on residents.

However, Boris Johnson 'called in' the application, something he has done four times since coming to power in 2008. In each one of these cases he has overturned the rejections and granted approval.

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