Ministry Of Sound Reach Agreement To Stay Open
In 2009 Ministry Of Sound became aware of plans to build a 41-storey residential tower block 10 meters from the front gate of Ministry of Sound. If this building went ahead as planned and the new residents complained about noise from the club, it was highly likely that they would lose their license and thus be forced to close.
Since then they have fought the application tooth and nail for two years – and finally, in October 2011, Southwark’s planning committee saw sense and rejected it unanimously. However, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, then called in the application, and on 19th November 2013 would decide the fate of the club.
Following the 19th November hearing on the proposed Eileen House development, Lohan Presencer, chief executive of Ministry of Sound, said: “We’re encouraged that the Mayor has chosen to adjourn the decision and we’re confident he recognizes that the solutions we are putting forward will ensure all parties are happy with the outcome.
“We have always said that we can co-exist with a new development and we welcome regeneration in Southwark. We are committed to our local area and neighbouring businesses, as we have been for more than 20 years.
“As the Mayor has requested, we will sit down with the developer to work on a mutually agreeable, sustainable solution – one which will deliver housing for London and safeguard the future of our club.”
After years of uncertainty it seems Ministry will now be remaining on London clubbing circuit for the future having finally reached an agreement allowing the venue to maintain its current sound levels with art of the agreement ensuring that Eileen House will be subject to very high level acoustic protection.
Speaking on the agreement Lohan Presencer, chief executive of Ministry of Sound Group, said: “We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Englewood Ltd that safeguards our future while allowing new development in Southwark.
“We are grateful to the Mayor for his efforts and look forward to welcoming our new neighbours to the area.”