- Lambeth council
- Gareth Balllambeth planning
Reject the Planning Application for Closing Club 414 #save414
Please register your objection via the planning application on the Lambeth Council site:
People have traveled from all of the UK and abroad to visit this iconic club for the quality events they have organised for decades now.
Club 414 is known to be a 'home from home' to many, with the warm reception given by the owners and staff as well as the love and care given to all who visit this club.
London is now crammed full of 'trendy' restaurants, bars and soulless venues providing dreary events with no substance. People will become bored of that trend, yet they have never tired of this club!
On this basis I strongly believe that this planning application is both an insult to London as well as those who have loyally frequented Brixton for this venue. It would be a ludicrous idea to allow this to happen as you will be carving yet another successful chunk of income from the economy.
More clubs are being closed down to make room for the same fashionable restaurants and bars across the UK. Our culture is being destroyed in the idea of profit making.
Saturating the market with the same will cause further profit losses not gains.
Removing venues which are so close to people's hearts is becoming all too frequent and this venue is one which has stood its ground for more than 30 years and maintained a strong following while doing so.
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- Lambeth council
- lambeth planning
FAO: Gareth Ball, case officer.
Dear Mr Ball,
I am writing to formally object planning application 17/03737/FUL which proposes a change of use for the premises located at 414-416 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LF, from its current use as a nightclub (sui generis) to a cocktail bar (Use Class A4 - Drinking establishment.
My objections are based on the lack of consideration for current planning policy frameworks. The application merely alludes to the Development Plan which comprises the Core Strategy, a number of saved policies from the Unitary Development Plan and Supplementary Guidance and documents. A meagre three lines are devoted to existing planning policies, with only one saved UDP policy being quoted, thereby demonstrating an astonishing disregard for the actual content of current local, let alone national planning policy.
More specifically, the application fails to quote a number of relevant Local Plan policies, in particular ED2 which states that "the loss of land or floorspace in [...] employment-generating sui generis use will not be supported unless clear and robust evidence is submitted which shows there is no demand for the floorspace. Such evidence must demonstrate that the floorspace has been vacant and continuously marketed for a period of at least one year". The application provides no such evidence and with good reason: Club 414 has been operating continuously since 1985.
I also wish to point out that no reference is made to policy ED11 which states that "change of use or loss of existing visitor attractions, leisure, arts and culture uses will not be supported", adding that "redevelopment for mixed-use will only be supported where the existing use is re-provided on site, of a replacement facility is provided elsewhere in the locality". No such re-provision of replacement is mentioned in the application.
Generally speaking, and worryingly, the application does not refer to the London Plan. In particular, it does not consider policy 4.6 paragraph 4.39 which states that "boroughs should encourage a diverse range of night time activities, expanding culture and leisure venues other than eating and drinking". Again, with good reason: the proposed change of use would precisely contribute to expanding the number of drinking venues in Brixton town centre whilst narrowing the scope of night time activities.
The premises are located in Brixton town centre, yet the application makes no reference to The London Plan "Town Centre" SPG, published in July 2014, which clearly considers nightclubs as a leisure use. The claim made by the applicant that no current policies protect nightclubs is therefore a misinterpretation of planning frameworks due to a lack of consideration for relevant guidance.
Additionally, the application does in no way mention the ground-breaking SPG on "Culture and the night time economy" published by the Mayor of London in April 2017 in its draft version. The consultation process has now ended and although this SPG has not yet been published in its final version, the content of the draft is an additional material consideration which is not even remotely been mentioned in the application. This draft SPG states that London has 103 fewer night clubs today than it did in 2007 and that it has lost 35% of its grassroots music venues. Not only has Club 414 survived as a nightclub, it has also in recent years become a grassroots music venue with live jazz and reggae artists performing on Thursdays and Sundays, as an addition to the electronic music events which still run on Fridays and Saturdays.
I would also like to bring to your attention the fact that the draft SPG identifies Brixton as an NT2 type night-time economy cluster of regional/sub-regional importance. The draft SPG invites Boroughs to encourage a wide range of night time activities - something which, again, the application fails to take into account. The proposed change of use would on the contrary contribute to narrowing the range of activities in the area and would therefore work against paragraph 4.6 of the draft SPG which highlights the need for a diversification of opening times. The proposed change of use would result in the closure of the only 24 hour licenced nightclub in Brixton town centre and would therefore in no way contribute to this specific policy.
The lack of consideration of planning policy and guidance published by the London Assembly reflects either an astounding lack of awareness of, or a blatant disrespect for, the numerous actions taken by the Mayor of London and the London Assembly over the past few years, most notably the appointment of a Night Time Commission and of a Night Czar, in an attempt to safeguard London's nightlife which, needless to say, greatly relies on its nightclubs.
Given the above-mentioned grounds for objection, I urge you to reject the proposed change of use.
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