Brixton’s Club 414 Facing Closure Threat
Seminal London underground techno/ psy-trance institution Club 414 is facing being shut down permanently, after property speculators launched a plan to turn the Coldharbour Lane haunt into luxury flats.
“The freeholder has submitted another planning application to turn the Club, which has been existing for 30 YEARS as a haven for real clubbers and DJ’s – into 3 flat’s and a shop,” Emma Katherine Nicholson wrote on Facebook this week.
“We only have until 12th Sept to register our objections (we must use non-emotional reasons on the form!) PLEASE HELP US!”
414 co-owner Stéphane Sadoux issued detailed instructions to supporters how to challenge the move via lengthy post, also on Facebook.
“We are all devastated that this whole thing is happening, but sadly, the planning system doesn’t really care about what people feel,” he explained.
“It deals with land-use. The fact that we all love 414, its owners, staff and clubbers is not a land-use consideration,” he warned.
Writing about the issue several weeks earlier, fellow owner Louise Barron was similarly blunt.
“The owners of the building do not want to renew our 10 year lease,” she said,
“Although we have been here 30 years plus and they only purchased the building along with the market a while back knowing full well that we have been trading from back in the 80’s and we live here too.”