Bristol’s Thekla under threat due to proposed residential developments

Music venue Thekla has announced that they’re under threat “from proposed residential developments across the harbour in Redcliffe”.

Planners are aiming to turn three nearby buildings into offices, homes and a leisure space. A planning committee will meet this week (8 November) to make a decision on the application, which, according to Bristol Post, is looking likely to be approved. If approved, Thekla may be forced into closure.

DHP, which owns Thekla, has expressed concerns over a previous noise assessment which they claim was “woefully inadequate”. Without adequate measures put into place, they fear this may lead to noise complaints from nearby residents if the proposed housing plan is set into motion.

CEO of Music Venue Trust Mark Davyd said, “Sensible and adequately planned residential developments near to grassroots music venues like the Thekla mean that residents and music lovers can happily co-exist.”

“Recognising the existence of an iconic music venue like Thekla starts with a thorough environmental impact study that specifically understands the noise in the area.”

“Properly understanding noise and activity results in great design for any refurbishment or new building, ensuring noise is managed and controlled, and in commitments such as Deed of Easement and accurate marketing to future residents.

“We are concerned if that process has happened so far in the proposed development near Thekla and would encourage the developer to start it,” he added.

The DHP, UK Music and Music Venues Trust are campaigning to keep the venue open.

Anyone concerned with the venue’s potential closure is encouraged to post on socials using the hashtag #SaveThekla.

(via Bristol Post)