Club 414 set for new fight to save Brixton institution

Club 414 leaseholders Louise Barron and Anthony Pommell outside the High Court

Club 414’s Louise Barron and Tony Pommell outside the High Court

Despite being knocked back by the High Court in May, the freehold owners of the Brixton institution Club 414 on Coldharbour Lane are pressing ahead with the planning application that would mean its closure.

Tony Pommell said that he and his co-proprietor Louise Barron would continue to fight the application.

Market Row Ltd, part of a property conglomerate that also owns the freehold of Brixton Village and Market Row, wants to convert the building that houses the club to residential and retail use.

The court overturned Lambeth council’s earlier and controversial decision to grant planning permission for the application. The club’s barristers said that the heart of the successful case was “the council’s refusal to consider the role played by nightclubs in contributing to the culture and economy of Brixton town centre; Ms Barron’s bold case to the High Court means that, when the council comes to reconsider this application, it cannot ignore the legendary Club 414”.

The application is now out for comment again and is on the planning department’s website.


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Alan Slingsby moved to Brixton just as the 1981 uprising began. His nearest pub was the Effra and nearest off licence the Frontline — long gone in an earlier wave of closures of treasured community establishments. Has edited newspapers for the National Union of Students and National Union of Teachers. Now makes a living designing magazines and books and anything else people will pay him for.

2 Comments on "Club 414 set for new fight to save Brixton institution"

  1. Mike August 28, 2016 at 9:47 pm ·

    More Burgers please

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