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Development threatens Union Chapel

We're concerned that a major new proposed housing development situated at the back of Union Chapel could threaten our operations as an award-winning music venue, rehearsal space and homeless centre.

The scale and proximity of the planned housing could have a real impact on our operations. The late night nature of much of our work and deliveries could cause noise and traffic complaints from our new neighbours. However, we are sure that with proper planning provisons, including loading bays and sound proofing, Union Chapel can continue to operate in harmony with the local community. We are asking the planners at Islington Council to adjust the plans, so that we do not risk loosing London's Greatest Live Music Venue and a key community asset.

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Following the Islington Council Planning Committee's Public Meeting at Islington Town Hall on Monday 12th November 2012, the Directors of Union Chapel have produced this statement:

"At the planning meeting held last night (12th Nov 2012), the application for the redevelopment of the site behind Union Chapel was accepted, but the actual decision deferred until there was agreement between the applicant and the District Valuer over the ‘correct’ contribution towards affordable housing.
We’re disappointed but all is not lost. We are being supported by The Theatres Trust, who is optimistic that in the next few weeks, we can secure from the developer significant Section 106 contributions for sound insulation and possibly a loading area which will mitigate to some extent the anticipated congestion and disturbance both during construction and beyond."