Islington Council: Act now to safeguard the operations of Union Chapel for future generations
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Islington Council: Act now to safeguard the operations of Union Chapel for future generations

    1. Petition by

      Union Chapel

      London, United Kingdom

A major proposed new housing development (Islington Planning Ref P121277) situated at the back of Union Chapel threatens the operation of Union Chapel as an award-winning music venue, rehearsal space and homeless centre. If you like the work we do, please join us in our objection and add your name and personal comments to this online petition which we will present to Islington Council before the Planning Committee considers the application at a public meeting set for the evening of Monday 12th November in the Town Hall. Time is of the essence so we urge you to act now!

Although we are not opposed to the new housing as such – we understand the need to provide affordable housing - we are objecting  because the proposed development does not take into consideration or safeguard the existing operations of Union Chapel for the future. If a few key measures are not planned into the new development now, there is a significant risk that noise complaints from residential neighbours and traffic congestion could cause operations at Union Chapel to cease. We are also concerned about the impact of the proposed design.

We are asking the council/developers to integrate into the plans features such as sound proofing to Union Chapel and adequate loading bay provision at the back of Union Chapel so that we can continue to operate without disturbing our new residential neighbours.

Union Chapel is an established, well-loved community asset at the heart of Islington, drawing both local and wider audiences to the area, from many different communities. There are many reasons people visit Union Chapel, from attending a concert or using rehearsal facilities to coming to church or the Margins Project on Sunday. The Margins homeless Project provides a hot meal for 150 people every Sunday.

Union Chapel is a registered charity (Charity no. 1010166), whereby all profits from the commercial operations (mainly space hire for concerts and rehearsals) are donated back to the charitable aims of Union Chapel: to restore the Grade I Listed building making it accessible to the widest possible community, and to provide a centre for those in crisis in Islington and the wider London area.

It should be noted that the proposed scheme is opposed by all the local conservation and amenity groups, the art gallery and the local school. All of us are concerned about the height of the proposed development at six storeys. In fact the Council’s own original briefing suggested a height of three or four storeys. The development site is adjacent to two Conservation Areas. It deserves a design that recognises the value of the Chapel for all the activities it does, and its outstanding architectural importance in the group of surrounding listed buildings.

Recent signatures


    1. Outcome from the public meeting on 12th Nov 2012

      Union Chapel
      Petition Organizer

      Dear supporters,

      At the planning meeting held last night (12th Nov 2012), the application for the redevelopment of the site behind Union Chapel was accepted, but the actual decision deferred until there was agreement between the applicant and the District Valuer over the ‘correct’ contribution towards affordable housing.

      We’re disappointed but all is not lost. We are being supported by The Theatres Trust, who is optimistic that in the next few weeks, we can secure from the developer significant Section 106 contributions for sound insulation and possibly a loading area which will mitigate to some extent the anticipated congestion and disturbance both during construction and beyond.

      Thank you for your interest in Union Chapel and hope to see you soon.

      Best wishes,
      Union Chapel Team

    2. Reached 10,000 signatures
    3. Thank you!

      Union Chapel
      Petition Organizer

      We have just printed all the signatories to date to present to the planning committee at tonight's public meeting. Thank you for your amazing support and positive comments, it is fantiastic to have so many people from all over the world voice their concern. We will do our best to urge the council to reconsider the application so that a solution that works for everyone in the long term and be reached... watch this space for more updates.

    4. Reached 7,000 signatures



    Nov 13, 2012

    Union Chapel in Islington is my favourite London venue and is under threat. please take 2 mins to sign this petition.

    London Elektricity


    Nov 12, 2012

    Wonderful venue! RT @hdif: Save Union Chapel petition only needs 700 more signatures before council meeting tonight.

    Graham Linehan


    Nov 12, 2012

    1,000 more signatures needed tonight to help save The Union Chapel, one of the finest venues in the world please help

    Tim Burgess

    Reasons for signing

      • almost 2 years ago

      The union chapel is a legendary music venue that must be protected to anable musicans and alike a living and people to enjoy their labours

      • almost 2 years ago

      Music is important to me and this is a beautiful venue

    • Rory Macleod AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
      • almost 2 years ago

      Used to visit as child when lived in England. Beautiful

      • almost 2 years ago

      Such a beautiful multi use community venue should not be at risk from yet more housing development. It's an asset to the area, the wider community and city at large so save it!

    • Lewis Matheson AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I'm procrastinating. I should be doing my essay. I don't even live in that same country as this place.


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