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Ministry Of Sound promotes petition in developer battle

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

Ministry Of Sound

Ministry Of Sound is having a last rallying call for friends and fans to sign a petition against plans to build a residential complex next to the superclub’s South London HQ. The firm fears that if an apartment block goes up next to the club it could result in licensing complications for the venue.

As previously reported, when MoS execs first raised concerns with the development company which is planning the residential development, Oakmayne, its boss Christopher Allen allegedly remarked “nightclubs come and go”.

Responding, MoS chief Lohan Presencer said: “Ministry of Sound is not just any nightclub; it’s the most famous nightclub in the world and the heart of a global entertainment business. These developers have cut corners at every stage and counter to their claims, they do not have the best interests of the local community at heart. We must do everything in our power to save our club and our business”.

Oakmayne says that it has offered to sound-proof the venue so it and the residential block could co-exist, but Presencer says that the developer’s proposals would result in the club being closed for a long period, which just isn’t feasible.

Although this dispute first erupted early last year, it is timely again because the local council will consider Oakmayne’s proposals at a meeting on 13 Sep. MoS fans are urged to sign the club’s petition before then, here.