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

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