An online petition calling for the council to reject the plans has gained over 35,000 signatures

The owners of Bristol’s The Fleece have said the venue is facing closure if a plan to build residential flats next to it are to be approved.

The proposals to convert an old office block into 80 privately owned flats could be disastrous for the venue, as the bedrooms of the flats would be just 20m from the stage.
An online petition calling on the council to reject the plans has already gained over 35,000 supporters.

The venue, which was established in 1982, has over the years hosted big name acts including Oasis, Radiohead, Queens of the Stone Age and The White Stripes. It puts on live music seven nights a week as well as regular club nights.

“The Fleece has thrived as a venue for 32 years. One of the key factors in its success is its location,” the venue’s owner Chris Sharp told the BBC.

“The lack of residents in the surrounding streets has meant the venue has been able to offer live music seven nights per week and club nights until 4am at weekends without disturbing anyone.

“During its entire history The Fleece has not had any issues with noise complaints. If the huge office block located right next door is given the green light to be converted into approx 80 privately-owned flats we would anticipate a deluge of complaints as soon as people move in.”

Developer Edenlaw Ltd was granted permission to change the use of the offices to residential flats last November. However, the council was not able to take into consideration possible noise complaints.

A noise survey carried out on behalf of the developer said that glazed windows would restrict most of the noise coming from the venue.

Council planners are due to vote on the proposals at the end of the month.