Go-ahead for Tin Pan Alley live music venue
Major development at St Giles Circus ‘will be huge boost to night-time economy’
14 April, 2017 — By Alina Polianskaya
A view of how the St Giles Circus venue could look
A 2,000-capacity basement venue by “Tin Pan Alley” has been approved by planning chiefs. Consolidated Developments had asked to increase the size of the proposed live music venue in St Giles Circus – up from 800.
Councillor Danny Beales said: “I think we should welcome this development. I think that the closure of the Astoria, which was just a stone’s throw away, was a real loss to Camden and to the cultural strength of London. I think this has the potential to go to some way to repairing that loss. I know many people in the community were angry and saddened when that had to go for Crossrail so I think something like this should broadly be welcomed.”
Venues lost as a result of Crossrail include the London Astoria, the London Astoria 2 and the Marquee club. The planning reports gave the closure of these as further justification to approve the plans.
Camden’s planning committee was told that, according to GLA statistics, the night-time economy contributes £26.3billion to London’s annual GDP and support 1.25 million jobs and this was going to grow further.
Henry Scott Irvine, from the Save Tin Pan Alley campaign group, said: “It would be interesting to know who is going to run this venue. There are very few major players now in venue management so it would be interesting to know who the venue ownership has been assigned to.”
He said that the original plans for the site were for what he described as a multi-purpose “conference centre” which focused on media, fashion and other events with music taking a back seat.
He added that because of campaign pressure the developers were “finally” delivering the music venue that past mayors had promised.
Anna Snow, director, Iceni Projects, who have advised Consolidated on the scheme, said: “This part of London has been crying out for a large, live music venue for years.
“It will be a huge boost to the night-time economy, something we know is a priority for London’s new mayor.”