Ministry of Sound threaten lawsuit over Panter Hudspith tower
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.