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The Stables wins council backing against developers

14 February 2020

MILTON KEYNES council has rejected the latest planning application threatening the future of The Stables (cap. 438), a live music venue founded by world-renowned jazz musicians Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine 50 years ago.

Developers Abbey Homes applied for a Certificate of Lawful Development that would have allowed them to proceed with building next to The Stables without implementing the condition of a Deed of Easement (condition 14), which was applied to the original planning permission granted for the site.

This condition ensures new residents are informed of the proximity to the music venue before moving in, enabling the venue to continue to emitting its current noise levels without fear of noise complaints leading to enforcement action.

A recent meeting of the council’s Development Control Committee refused the application, although the developers may appeal, potentially incurring additional legal costs for The Stables.

“The venue has got robust reserves, but every penny that is spent fighting this appeal is a penny less we can spend investing in music education, supporting emerging artistes and developing new audiences,” chief executive and artistic director Monica Ferguson tells LIVE UK.

“We’re not just losing time and money, we’re losing opportunities and we want it settled as soon as possible, so we can move on and know where we are.”

A registered charity, The Stables has already spent in excess of £100,000 on legal, planning and noise consultancy fees.

Among artistes at the venue are Joan Armatrading, Courtney Pine, Graham Gouldman’s Heart Full of Songs, Nigel Kennedy and Marc Almond.

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