London super club Ministry of Sound appears to have been saved, despite the capital’s mayor Boris Johnson granting planning permission for a residential tower block just metres from the venue.
Ministry of Sound has spent years campaigning against proposals to build a 41-storey residential tower block next to the nightclub, which it feared would lead to it losing its licence due to noise complaints from people living there.
Although the original application by developer Oakmayne Properties was rejected by Southwark Council, Boris Johnson used a rare power to ‘call in’ the application, something he has only done four times since coming to power in 2008.
Music Week reports that at a hearing yesterday (December 19), Ministry of Sound and developers struck a legal agreement containing a number of clauses to address noise concerns, which should mean the club can remain open.
These include a provision that the lease of each flat will include specific reference to the location of the Ministry of Sound, and a deed of easement will prevent future residents from submitting noise nuisance claims.
“This scheme will deliver much-needed housing in Elephant & Castle while ensuring that the Ministry of Sound, one of London’s leading cultural and musical icons, can continue to thrive for years to come,” Johnson said. ”The Ministry of Sound makes a huge contribution to the area’s thriving night time economy. We want the club to be at the heart of our plans to transform the area into a thriving town centre which is attractive to live, work and play, particularly for young people and students.”
He concluded: “I have fully considered the concerns raised by the club, and having visited the site myself believe that, on balance, the amendments to the original plans should allow residents of the new development to coexist with visitors to the club.”