Mark Whitehead 13 October 2017

Council rules new development must include LGBT nightclub

Council rules new development must include LGBT nightclub image

A redevelopment scheme must include a LGBTQ venue as part of its planning approval, councillors have ruled in Tower Hamlets.

Tower Hamlets council says giving planning permission for an LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) venue on the site of the former Joiners Arms will reverse the decline of similar venues in the city.

A proposal was approved 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 operator.

The development will also provide new offices, shops, open areas, nine new homes and employment space which the council says will generate job opportunities.

Tower Hamlets mayor John Biggs 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.'

Photo: © Dr Neil Clifton

Highways jobs

Local Land Charges Information Manager

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
£37,717 - £44,373
An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Planning and Transport Strategy service for a forward thinking and innovative... London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Food Safety Senior Practitioner WCC10715

Westminster City Council
£46,293 - £64,656 per annum
As our professional and technical expert in this complex arena, this is a unique opportunity to make your mark on the capabilities of the team. City of Westminster, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Westminster City Council

Casual Lifeguard

Chelmsford City Council
Grade 3 - £9.29 per hour
It's exciting times at Riverside Leisure Centre with a brand new centre set to open in Spring 2019 and we need you to get on board and help us make... Chelmsford, Essex
Recuriter: Chelmsford City Council

Director of Operations (Assistant Director for Children’s Social Care)

Slough Children's Services Trust
circa £100k p.a.
As a qualified social worker, you will have significant experience of managing statutory social work delivery at a senior level. Slough, Berkshire
Recuriter: Slough Children's Services Trust

Deputy Director Children’s Social Care

City of Bradford MDC
£96,603 - £102,287
Our new Deputy Director will play a pivotal role in leading the department through a major improvement journey.  Bradford, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of Bradford MDC

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

The March issue of Local Government News explores alternative funding channels that are available to councils beyond the Public Works Loan Board, what hurdles merging councils face in coming together, and how local government is handling GDPR.

This issue also has a special highways and street lighting section exploring how councils can use lighting to embark on their smart city journey and using IoT technology to weather the storm.

Register for your free magazine