London’s legendary club and veritable mecca of electronic music, Ministry Of Sound, is in jeopardy of being pushed out by new housing developments, and MOS officials have made their case to Mayor Boris Johnson in an open letter.
According to an update on the MOS site, the seminal nightclub has been fighting the proposed adjacent 41-story apartment building for roughly four years now, and fears that noise complaints from the future residents will lead to the club’s closure.
The issue was ongoing until 2011 when planners rejected the housing proposal, and MOS thought they were in the clear. The developer was then given a second hearing (and chance to see the project through) scheduled for February, but Mayor Johnson has since deferred his decision until Nov. 19 to allow for more negotiations between parties. with the hearing approaching, MOS has posted an update on their site, in addition to releasing an open letter (bottom of page) addressed to Mayor Johnson (pictured below).
From Ministry Of Sound:
The hearing date to decide on the proposed Eileen House development will now take place on 19th November 2013. In February, Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, deferred his decision to allow further time for negotiations between Ministry of Sound and the developer Oakmayne.
Since then, Ministry of Sound has been working hard to find a solution. We believe we’ve found one that will allow both sides to co-exist.
As we’ve always maintained, we have never been opposed to development in our area. But every other big club in London has closed as a result of it. We’re the last man standing.
So all we need are some firm legal guarantees that will enable us to continue to operate as we do now – with no threat of closure.
We have sent our proposed solution to the Mayor and his planning advisers and are urging them to do the right thing – for our 200 staff, our 300,000 annual guests and our millions of fans around the world.
Boris Johnson has promised Ministry Sound is ‘safe on my watch’. He recognises our cultural and economic value to London. He knows we’ve been around for nearly 25 years and have earned our right to stay here.
Now is the time to honour his word.
The open letter sent to the mayor aims to appeal to Johnson’s rational side and show him the importance of keeping the longstanding establishment in the city.
Check back for updates on the Nov. 19 hearing and the future of MOS.