DHP FAMILY, owner of The Garage (cap. 600) in north London, has welcomed a move by Islington Council planners, that will give it “strong protection” against developers.
When Transport for London (TfL) announced plans to develop the buildings around the venue as part of improvements to Highbury and Islington tube station, the venue said it faced an uncertain future.
Now planners have included a live music venue on that site as part of its draft Local Plan. It says that if the area is redeveloped, The Garage must be “reprovided”, so it would be able to start trading immediately rather than waiting for a new home to be built.
“We’ve listened carefully to all views, and the draft Local Plan – which will guide development for the next 15 years – proposes strong protection for a music venue to continue operation on the Garage site,” says an Islington Council spokesperson .
The Garage’s programmer Matthew Cook says, “This is great news. It will help keep a vibrant musical culture in Islington.”
Forthcoming acts at the venue include Gothboiclique, Bad Wolves and Left Lane Cruiser.