There’s some unexpected festive cheer on offer to the staff and customers of Brixton’s threatened Club 414 as the developers have now withdrawn their application to flatten the venue and turn it into luxury flats.
The owners of the building, the Mayfair-headquartered Market Row Ltd, want to turn the popular club into three luxury flats and a retail outlet, but have faced widespread opposition to their plans, with over 640 objections being lodged on Lambeth’s planning website, and more than 3,400 people signing a petition asking that the planning application be rejected.
Although the developers have withdrawn their planning application, it’s highly likely that they will return with an updated set of plans, so it’s important that the pressure is kept up to save one of Brixton’s oldest venues from closure.
The recent decision by Lambeth Council to once again turn down a planning application effecting the future viability of the Grosvenor pub in Stockwell gives some cause for optimism, as does the recent appointment of Amy Lamé as London’s ‘Night Czar.’
Either way, the news at least takes the pressure off the owners and the customers of the club over the Christmas period. We’ll certainly pay them a visit to raise a glass.