Union Chapel in Islington, London, could be a music venue no more, if a planned housing development goes ahead, The Islington Gazette has reported.
Notting Hill Housing wants to build 90 new homes next to the Chapel, and according to reports, councillors are likely to give the scheme the green light following a meeting that took place on Monday (November 12th 2012), where a final decision on the project was deferred.
Union Chapel – also a working church and centre for the homeless – may have to heavily cut down the number of performances it hosts, and possibly stop them entirely, due to its lack of soundproofing.
Over 200 people have written to Islington Council asking them to make a decision in favour of the Chapel, and a petition to save the venue was signed by thousands earlier this week.
However, it has also been revealed that sound insulation is being incorporated into the design, and Notting Hill Housing plans to allocate funds to Union Chapel for soundproofing.
“We were persuaded that the activities of the superb Union Chapel would be safeguarded and that the heritage objections could be overcome," said councillor Robert Khan.
Major artists such as Noel Gallagher, Frank Turner, Adele and Bombay Bicycle Club have played at Union Chapel in the past.
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