Photo: 24 Kitchen Street
Following the loss of two both Nation and The Kazimier, two of the city's favourite club spaces in the last year, it looks like another of Liverpool's best clubs is under threat from 'revelopment' following an announcement that Songbird, members of the Iliad Group intend to build two housing blocks right on its doorstep.
24 Kitchen Street, since opening a few years back has become a thriving cultural hotpost, a favourite for live and club music lovers. With its prominence on the rise, it's a devestating blow to find out that planning permission has been sought to erect two new apartment buidlings on the land between Blundell Street, Kitchen Street and Simpson Street in the heart of the Baltic Triangle.
Photo: The Proposed Site Credit: The Echo
The club owners have lodged a complaint with councillers, stating "They believe that the proposed introduction of a major new housing development in this location is not appropriate or compatible with their existing nightclub.
"There is a serious risk that allowing such a development would lead to undesirable noise impacts on future residents, ultimately leading to complaints and pressure to curtail or control 24 Kitchen Street’s legitimate business activities.”
They've likewise suggested that, much like was agreed with Ministry of Sound in 2014 when a similar siutuation arose, residents should sign a waiver withdrawing their right to complain about noise from the club.
The fear is that resident complaints would irreparably damage the club's operations, when in fact the developers should be the ones to take action to ensure their residents aren't affected by noise, particulalry from clubbers leaving the premises, or from the rooftop garden area, something that was not taken into coinsideration in the inital, and therefore inaccurate assesment.
24 Kitchen Street have also recommended that the Baltic Triangle be left alone as a 'leisure corridor', and to not be considered as an area suitable for housing development.
The commitee that decides on the future of the development sits on Tuesday, let's hope they make the right decision and respect the importance of the club in Liverpool's nightlife, a large factor of what makes it such a great city.
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