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Stables’ future secure as council adds protection

20 May 2019

MILTON KEYNES venue The Stables Theatre (cap 538) in Wavendon has been given the legal right to maintain its existing noise levels during concerts. 

The Stables’ management raised concerns last year when Abbey Homes unveiled plans to construct a 134-property residential development opposite the venue.  

Milton Keynes Council voted unanimously to grant the venue a Deed of Easement that gives it the legal right to continue to host shows at existing noise levels. 

The council added a condition on Abbey Homes’ planning application requiring it to sign the Deed of Easement, which also ensures further residential developments are legally bound by the ruling. 

The Stables, which was founded in 1969 by jazz musicians John Dankworth and Cleo Laine, hosts more than 300 concerts a year across its 438-capacity Jim Marshall Auditorium and Stage 2 (100). 

Among acts to have performed at the venue are Joan Armatrading, Courtney Pine, Nigel Kennedy, Paul Carrack, Steve Hackett and Marc Almond.

Chief executive and artistic director Monica Ferguson says the outcome marked a turning point in a campaign to secure the future of the venue, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year.  

“We are particularly grateful for the support of the public, artistes, staff and volunteers who have campaigned to safeguard the venue’s future,” she says.

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