Ministry Of Sound to stay open after winning fight with property developers

Southwark Council have turned down a 41-storey tower block proposal

Recently reaching a landmark 20 years in the business, London superclub Ministry Of Sound is to stay open after property developers had their plans for a 41-storey tower block next to the venue overturned by the council.

Oakmayne filed for a planning application for a residential development opposite the south London nightclub, which threatened the venue’s licence. According to the club, the head of Oakmayne, Christopher Allen, is reported to have said of the matter, “Nightclubs come and go.”

Southwark Council’s planning committee voted five to nil against the plans, which were to have seen 255 flats built opposite the club premises.


Even though Oakmayne said they would be triple-glazing a selection of the flats, Ministry Of Sound were still concerned that residents would complain which would lead to the club being shut down, reports The Guardian.

Christopher Allen is currently deciding whether to appeal the decision, saying:

We are both confused and bitterly disappointed by the planning committee’s decision, which was made against their own officer recommendations and the weight of expert evidence in support of Eileen House.

He added that: “What will remain is a 1960s obsolete eyesore and the area, which desperately needs regeneration, will continue to stagnate.”

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