Gay Village planning permission delayed

Gay Village planning permission delayed
Local News
Posted on 27 Feb 2019

Birmingham City Council's planning committee has delayed a decision about whether to reject or grant approval on a new apartment development in the city's Gay Village.



A decision on the planning application, which is to build 116 new residential apartments in a nine-to-12-storey building - following the demolition of existing buildings including Amusement 13 (formally DV8) - is now not going to go before the committee until mid-March at the earliest. A new committee date is yet to be agreed.

The local LGBTQ community has been objecting to the planning application, as it could stop the Nightingale Club, one of the city's main gay venues, from operating effectively. Council planning officials were set to bring the case before the planning committee on Thursday 28 February, but are still awaiting further advice from Regulatory Services.  


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Members of Birmingham City Council’s Planning Committee carrying out a site visit on the former DV8 club


The Regulatory Service department will investigate, among other things, the impact of sound from the nearby Nightingale Club. It’s likely that, if approved, the planning application will be subject to a series of sound-proofing conditions, in order to allow the gay club to operate unhindered.

Once the Regulatory Service advice has been received, it's understood further legal advice will be sought by planning officials prior to bringing the development before the committee for a final decision.
Erdington’s Conservative member, Councillor Gareth Moore, commented: “I welcome that Regulatory Services are doing due diligence to make sure that they consider all the noise implications that the planning application will have for the Nightingale. I hope it can be brought back to committee soon, and I hope colleagues will endorse refusal of the application for the reasons the LGBTQ community has set out in terms of protecting Birmingham’s Gay Village.”


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The LGBTQ community turn out in force at the Nightingale meeting


Around 100+ people from the Birmingham LGBTQ community  turned up at the Nightingale Club on
Thursday 7 February to make their voices heard, and to ask Birmingham City Council planning committee members to help Save Birmingham Gay Village by rejecting the application.


The planning committee councillors present listened to all those who wanted to speak, with passionate views being expressed by Steve Ball, Steph Keeble, Mac Clarke, Bill Gavan, Terry Runcorn, Gabe Capes, Lee Clarke and many more.


If you want to lend your support, ‘LIKE’ our SAVE THE BIRMINGHAM GAY VILLAGE CAMPAIGN on Facebook HERE

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