Planning has been granted for an LGBTQ+ venue on the site of the former Joiners Arms, a noted venue for many years before it closed down due to a redevelopment of the site.
A planning meeting on October 11 confirmed that the development can go ahead with extended opening hours as campaigners had asked for at a previous planning meeting in August.
The proposal was deferred at August Development Committee so that members could visit the site, get a better understanding of the daylight impacts and for further assurances surrounding future viability for the replacement Public House in terms of size, design and fit out costs.
Now the amended proposal has been approved by the Development Committee, with the applicant agreeing to increase the size of the replacement public house along with a £130,000 contribution towards fit out costs for any prospective LGBT+ operator. A planning obligation requires the developer to seek a LGBTQ+ operator for the venue for at least 25 years.
Late night opening hours have been granted for the venue, to allow for opening hours of Sunday – Wednesday until 2am, Thursday and Friday until 3 am and late night into Sunday morning until 4am on a trial basis of one a year. If there are not significant objections over that period the venue can apply for those hours to be made on a more permanent basis. Design amendments have been made to include measures to contain noise.
In addition to the replacement venue, the development will provide new offices, shops and employment space, generating job opportunities along with new open space and nine new homes.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: “I am pleased that following extensive negotiation between planning officers, the developers, the GLA and the Friends of the Joiners Arms the Development Committee has granted planning permission for an LGBTQ+ venue at the site of the Joiners Arms.
Tower Hamlets is leading the way in reversing the decline in LGBTQ+ venues which we have seen across London. As a council we want to celebrate the great diversity in the Borough, and are committed to serving the needs of all our communities.”
Posted on Thursday 12th October 2017