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The Stables Needs Your Support

Tuesday 19 June 2018

Update: 20/6/2018 There is more time to submit your objection

As a result of the tremendous response we have received to date to our request for support in opposing the planned housing development, we have been informed that the matter will now be taken to a full Planning Committee meeting at MK Council. The date of this meeting is still to be confirmed - this could be up to 6 weeks away - but it does mean there is MORE time to log your objection to the proposed scheme. Please do not delay in submitting this so that your objection can be 'officially' logged.  As and when we have news of the meeting date and time we will  update our website and social media channels. 

*** IMPORTANT - please do NOT email any more messages to Case Officer at MK Council - his Inbox has been overwhelmed and cannot cope with any more messages! 

You can put comments in writing (using one of the template letters at the bottom of this page, or one of your own) to the Council at the following address: Jeremy Lee, Senior Planning Officer, Milton Keynes Council, Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Milton Keynes, MK9 3EJ 

Please note you MUST quote Planning Reference: 18/01304/REM.  

Alternatively, you can submit your comments via www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/publicaccess Use the above reference number in the Search bar.

Please include your name and postal address in any emails or letters as anonymous comments cannot be taken into account. Any comments received will be published on the Council’s website. 

Thank you again for your amazing support!


18/6/2018: A letter from Monica Ferguson, Chief Executive & Artistic Director, The Stables 

Hello

As a valued customer/supporter of The Stables I am writing to alert you to a concerning development which threatens the future viability of The Stables and its learning and participation activity.

For several years, The Stables has been trying to work with Milton Keynes Council to protect the environment around the site from encroaching development that may threaten our future viability.

I am sad to report that we have already lost the battle to retain a green buffer on the North side of the venue and the new housing development planned by Crest Nicholson on this site includes the provision of two permanent play parks on the field, previously used for our National Youth Music Camps, held every Summer since 1970.

Now we are faced with an even greater threat from development to the West of the Venue with a housing scheme planned by Abbey Developments that will see three-storey flats built directly opposite The Stables, overlooking the main entrance if it is allowed to proceed (you can download a copy of the plans below).

The implications of this for us are significant. Many of you may be aware of the news of music venues across the country being forced to close because housing developers have moved in to build adjacent to venues and then residents have subsequently complained about noise and nuisance. When this happens licensing constraints are put on the venues often making the operation unsustainable.

We anticipate future concerns would arise around the noise of vehicles coming to and from the site late into the evening, noise from the bands bleeding out of the two performance spaces and noise from any music making activity which we do with young people around the site during Summer months.

If any of the residents moving in to property just 12 metres from our boundary consider these to be a nuisance, you can only imagine the licensing constraints which will be applied simply making it impossible to continue both our extensive concert programme and our learning and participation programme on this site.

So, I am writing to ask you to join our campaign to make some noise and ensure Milton Keynes Council listen to our concerns.  Please write with your concerns in your own words, or using the relevant template letter which you can download at the bottom of this page.

You can put comments in writing to the Council at the following address: Jeremy Lee, Senior Planning Officer, Milton Keynes Council, Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Milton Keynes, MK9 3EJ 

Please note you MUST quote Planning Reference: 18/01304/REM.  

Alternatively, you can submit your comments via www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/publicaccess Use the above reference number in the Search bar.

Please include your name and postal address in any emails or letters as anonymous comments cannot be taken into account. Any comments received will be published on the Council’s website. 

Thank you for your help!

Best wishes

Monica R. Ferguson Chief Executive & Artistic Director