Plans emerge that show closed London venue Madame Jojo’s was already due to be demolished

The Soho venue had its licence revoked this week because of a violent altercation at the venue

Redevelopment plans coming to light today (November 29) and approved in December 2013 show that recently closed venue Madame Jojo’s was already scheduled to be demolished.

Earlier this week it emerged that the venue would close following “a serious incident of disorder” involving venue staff.

Now, however, plans submitted to Westminster Council in September 2013 and approved in December 2013 have surfaced, showing that the venue was earmarked for demolition even before the licensing issue.

As The Guardian reports, the premises were among those intended to be demolished and redeveloped in the next few years. Design drawings of the proposed plans list the space as “currently occupied by Madame Jojo’s”, however the venue is not included in the future plans.

Westminster Council are standing by their statement that the venue’s licence was revoked solely because of the incident.

A statement from the council reads: “Planning and licensing decisions are governed under two entirely separate pieces of legislation, and planning applications have no bearing whatsoever on a licensing committee decision. The police outlined serious concerns at the Brewer Street site and so we had to take action. This was based entirely on the level of violence involved, and not for any other reason. A large part of the business and residential community support our decision.”

Madame Jojo’s was home to long-running club night White Heat, which hosted performances from the likes of Lorde, Adele, Klaxons and The Horrors in the past 10 years.
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