Save the George Tavern!
The George Tavern in East London has been given a lifeline to make its case at the Court of Appeal as it was granted the right to appeal against plans to build flats next to the established music venue and pub. The luxury flats pose a significant threat to the future of the George, a pub famous for its live music.
Important grassroots music venues are under threat all over the country. In London 35% of the grassroots venues have closed over the last eight years, many as a result of inappropriate development on their doorstep.
The George’s case is a test case for music venues, pubs and other established businesses facing similar situations across the country. The Court of Appeal will consider whether planning authorities should allow new development, if it threatens established licensed premises. In particular, the Court will consider whether complaints from residents of any new development will put the operating licences of live music venues at risk.
This is your chance to show your support, not just for the George Tavern, but for all live music venues in London and the country!
A 600 year old, Grade II listed building located at 373 Commercial Road, Stepney, East London, the George Tavern has hosted the likes of Nick Cave, Plan B, John Cooper Clarke, The Magic Numbers, Kodaline and even Sir Roger Penrose on its intimate stage.
A nine year campaign against the building of these flats by property developers has been backed by a number of celebrities and artists including Kaiser Chiefs singer and The Voice judge Ricky Wilson, Olympian diver Tom Daley, models Kate Moss and Georgia Jagger, and actor Sir Ian McKellen.
Landlady Pauline Forster says, “We’re ecstatic that we’ve been given another chance to make our case to the Court of Appeal. As well as fighting for our own future, we’re fighting for the future of live music in London and across the country. We desperately need a common sense approach to planning and music venues and hope that a successful outcome for us can lead the way for other pubs and venues who are having to deal with inappropriate property development.
"We need your signature to help us demonstrate how important music venues like the George are! By adding your name you'll not only be supporting our fight for live music to remain at the George, but for all music venues and other cultural hubs. Thank you x"
- The Court of Appeal
Save the George Tavern!
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