Campaigners rally to save threatened Union Chapel venue

Committee to make crucial decision on future of Islington venue meets tonight

Islington’s Union Chapel, regularly used as an intimate gig venue, is under threat from a new housing development, reports The Islington Tribune.

Though still a working church, Union Chapel has played host to performances from Noel Gallagher, Frank Turner, Adele, Bombay Bicycle Club and many more. Staff at the Chapel fear that if a proposed plan to build 90 homes in a five storey block of flats opposite go ahead, the concerts will be scaled back or scrapped due to noise complaints.

“The scale and proximity of the planned housing could have a real impact on our operations,” a spokesperson for the Chapel told the Islington Tribune. “The late-night nature of much of our work and deliveries could cause noise and traffic complaints from our new neighbours.”

Islington Council’s Planning Committee is to consider the application at a public meeting, set to take place this evening (November 12) at Islington Town Hall. A lobby are hoping to present a petition to the committee, but according to a tweet from record label Bella Union, around 1000 extra signatures are required in order for the petition to be considered.

Plans for the development have already been scaled down having been thrown out by the same committee in July following complaints by conservationists.

Among the famous names lending their support are Beach Boys collaborator Van Dyke Parks, who writes: “The Chapel is significant – irreplaceable – other housing development options abound!”

The Union Chapel Project has been organising concerts at the venue since 1991, with proceeds funding maintenance and its Margins Homelessness Project. You can sign the petition to save Union Chapel here.