London super club Ministry Of Sound has been saved, despite renewed residential work.
London is a city in flux. New housing is needed to ease an ongoing shortage, but presents its own difficulties. Situated in Elephant and Castle, Ministry Of Sound has been entertaining clubbers for over two decades.
However new residential work in the area placed the institution under threat, with developers Englewood LTD thought to be concerned about potential noise issues at the super club.
Now, as DJ Mag report, the club has been saved. In a statement, Ministry Of Sound said: "Following the Mayor of London’s adjournment of the representation hearing on 19 November 2013, Ministry of Sound Group and Englewood Ltd reached an agreement regarding the proposed planning application for Eileen House, Elephant & Castle".
"Both parties agreed that a Deed of Easement is granted to Ministry of Sound Group, allowing its nightclub to continue to make the current levels of noise without fear of complaint from future residents of the development. Through a section 106 agreement, the proposed development is also subject to a very high level of acoustic protection".
"With these mechanisms in place, the development of the Eileen House site can take place without threatening the continuing existence of Ministry of Sound nightclub. Satisfied that both parties had reached an agreement, the Mayor of London approved the planning application on 19 December 2013."
Chief executive of Ministry of Sound Group Lohan Presencer added: "We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Englewood Ltd that safeguards our future while allowing new development in Southwark. This is a significant planning breakthrough for London, setting a precedent for how new housing and existing businesses can live together. We are grateful to the Mayor for his efforts and look forward to welcoming our new neighbours to the area."
Chris Shaw, of Shaw Corporation on behalf of the applicants, Englewood Ltd, said: "We are happy to have reached this landmark agreement with Ministry of Sound Group. It will enable us to deliver much needed housing to London while ensuring the nightclub remains fully protected."
"This agreement means that both sides can truly co-exist in Southwark. We look forward to working together to achieve this objective. With the grant of planning consent and subject to the necessary approvals regarding the demolition of the existing Eileen House, building is due to commence early in 2014 with the main development following soon afterwards."