Friday18 August 2017

Ministry of Sound threaten lawsuit over Panter Hudspith tower

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Club fears flats by Panter Hudspith and Allies & Morrison could seal its fate

The Ministry of Sound nightclub has threatened Southwark council with a multi-million-pound lawsuit ahead of a crunch planning decision tonight which it fears could put it out of business.

The south London club’s lawyers argue it could lose its licence if councillors approve a 22-storey block of flats by Panter Hudspith which would be built yards from its premises.

Next month a 41-storey residential tower by Allies & Morrison comes before councillors. If approved this would be built opposite the club. Between them the towers will contain more than 300 flats.

For the last 20 years the club has occupied a brownfield site far from any homes but, in a letter to the council, the lawyers argue it is “highly likely” that the noise of music and disturbance from clubbers “would result in nuisance claims being brought against our client” – a claim the club would have difficulty defending.

The lawyers warn the club will hold Southwark responsible “for any and all financial loss it suffers both to the nightclub and any resulting loss to its global brand and associated businesses”.

They claim the council has not conducted noise surveys at the busiest times, leading to an underestimate of sound levels.

Fiona Colley, the Southwark councillor in charge of regeneration, said: “We do understand the perspective from both sides, and appreciate that Ministry of Sound is a valued club, business and employer in the area, but we hope a balance can be struck which allows them to continue alongside the equally important [£1.5 billion] regeneration programme for Newington Causeway.”

Southwark’s planning officers are recommending the Panter Hudspith tower be approved.



Readers' comments (7)

  • Fair play to the club. Not that I'm against the towers but the MoS have as much right to be there as anything else and I could easily see new residents complaining about noise (even though they would almost certainly know what they were going to be living next door to when buying).

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  • SomeoneStoleMyNick

    they don't need to worry. Eric Pickles is about to abolish the need for entertainment venues to have licences.

    All of you who live anywhere near a club, pub, or other such venue: start planning to move away.

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  • A similar thing is happening in the Ouseburn area of Newcastle where new flats have been granted approval in an area known for its thriving pubs and live music venues. I agree that development has to take place and should be encouraged in the current market, however the future residents can't complain when the music and clubbers got there first.

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  • That picture doesn't look much like the club to me. http://bit.ly/qEYCE0

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  • you've got to fight..for your right.. to Party.

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  • It doesn't look like the venue to me either. The one in the picture looks far too large.

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  • Great to hear that the club is fighting its corner. It makes you question if councillors and planners actually place any value on CULTURE over finance. It (culture) has as big a part to play in the development of a city as money does. One should not be traded for the other!

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