Thekla Fight Goes On as Planners Give Go Ahead to Developers
The future of the Thekla is still hanging in the balance after Bristol City Council planners gave the go-ahead to a new residential development despite a huge campaign following major concerns about the impact on the iconic venue.
There are fears the Thekla could be forced to close due to potential noise complaints from the Redcliffe Wharf flats if the developer fails to put in enough soundproofing to protect its residents.
At the planning meeting on Wednesday night, assurances were given by the developer that a new and more comprehensive noise assessment would be carried out. However, despite DHP calling for the planning decision to be deferred until this had taken place, the developer was given the green light.
Thekla is now calling on its supporters to get behind the next stage of the #savethekla campaign to make sure all the commitments made by the developer to carry out a proper noise survey are honoured.
Julie Tippins, head of compliance, DHP Family said: “We appeal to the developer to keep to their promise to work with us on a new noise survey and improved sound insulation scheme to protect Thekla and the future residents from noise problems. We expect the Council to follow up on the assurances they gave to Councillors to only give the go ahead once they were satisfied the Thekla would be protected from future noise complaints from residents of the development
“This is certainly not the end of the fight to protect the Thekla as we have to ensure that all parties keep to the commitments they have given. We urge our supporters to contact their local councillors and MPs to ensure the Council does all it can to protect the future of the Thekla.
“We would like to thank everyone who has supported us in our efforts to persuade the committee to consider the merits in our argument – particularly the people of Bristol, our friends in the music industry and the countless artists from around the world who have shown their support. We will be continuing our fight to #savethekla.”
Mark Davyd, Music Venue Trust, said: “Sensible and adequately planned residential developments near to grassroots music venues like the Thekla mean that residents and music lovers can happily co-exist. That outcome starts at the planning application stage when a good developer recognises the cultural value of the existing music venue and takes steps to protect it.
“Recognising the existence of an iconic music venue like Thekla starts with a thorough environmental impact study that specifically understands the noise in the area. Properly understanding noise and activity results in great design for any refurbishment or new building, ensuring noise is managed and controlled.”
Anyone wanting to show their support is invited to post on socials using #savethekla