Members of the London Borough of Southwark’s Planning Committee voted overwhelmingly to reject a planning application which, says the MoS, could have resulted in the club’s closure if it had been approved.
Property developer Oakmayne had been pursuing plans for a 41-storey block of flats on nearby land. Ministry of Sound argued that the development would have exposed them to noise complaints from residents.
When the proposal was ultimately put to the Planning Committee, it received no votes of support. Five committee members rejected the application, with one abstention.
MoS says that the decision will safeguard the future of its 200 staff as well as the interests of its 300,000 annual visitors and local businesses including pubs, taxi firms and takeaway shops.
Extending the club’s gratitude to the 26,000-plus people who signed a petition in support of its campaign, MoS CEO Lohan Presencer remarked: “We are incredibly pleased that committee members have applied proper scrutiny to all the aspects of the application and its relation to planning policy. Members have arrived at the correct decision and now is the time for all concerned to come together to find a positive vision for the regeneration of the Elephant and Castle. Ministry of Sound wants to play a key part in this.
“Ministry will today write to the Developer Christopher Allen to invite him to talks about the future of the Eileen House. The needs of the people of Southwark, the potential for an alternative vision for that site – these will be top of the agenda. Embryonic alternative plans, which have been drawn up with world leading architects Marks Barfield, will now be explored further.
“I’m delighted that the jobs of the 200 people we employ at out headquarters in Elephant & Castle have been saved. We do some great community work and its fantastic that we get the chance to continue to be the beating heart of Southwark.
“We always maintained that this was the wrong development in the wrong place, not just because of the catastrophic implications it would have had for our business, but because it was wrong in every way for the people of Southwark.”