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Plans to convert Oxford venue space into shops withdrawn


Plans to convert the basement space in Oxford utilized by music venue The Cellar into a retail unit have been withdrawn by the establishing’s landlord. It’s hoped that this means the way in which ahead for the favored venue is now assured.

As beforehand reported, a petition was launched in late August after it emerged St Michael’s And All Saints’ Charities, which owns the property, had submitted a planning software program to redevelop the establishing, which already has a retail space above the basement venue. Foals, Ride, Glass Animals, Objekt, Rob Da Bank and Young Knives had been among the many many artists and DJs who referred to as on the landlords to have a rethink.

At the time the venue’s supervisor, Tim Hopkins, instructed reporters: “It is devastating news, not just for The Cellar team, but for the Oxford music scene as a whole. The loss of an important cultural asset such as The Cellar is a matter of concern for everyone, not just the music fans and musicians of Oxford. It should be of concern to anyone who cares about jobs, the night-time economy, local creativity and the social community of the city”.

Earlier this week the venue launched that it had acquired “amazing news” that “the planning application that our landlords [submitted] has been withdrawn”. Saying that the help that that they had acquired since data of The Cellar’s impending closure broke was “beyond our wildest dreams”, the workforce working the space added “now, not only has the current application been withdrawn, the local and national community has most certainly heard loud and clear how vital the survival of small music and arts venues are to our lives”

Although it’s nonetheless not absolutely clear what St Michael’s And All Saints’ Charities is now planning following the withdrawal of its redevelopment proposal, the Cellar workforce acknowledged that they hoped they might now “come to a positive resolution” with their landlords about the way in which ahead for the venue “so we can continue to make our contribution to this vital aspect of all our lives that we care so passionately about”.

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