Recently re-birthed live music venue Dryden Street Social (Formally known as Streetlife) has launched a campaign to protect itself from residential developments in the area of the city centre it calls home. Having existed as a nightclub and latterly a live music venue for 34 years, it plays host to touring acts and local bands, comedy and club nights.

The premises is now under threat of losing its Licence due to a Planning Application submitted to Leicester City Council for 143 flats close to the Venue and with another application for the old Starlight/BTS site next door soon to be made.

Over the last 10 years 50% plus of Music Venues have closed, many due to the increase of new housing in close proximity because of noise issues.

The Music Venue Trust has been campaigning to turn the tide, and some cities are starting to see change, with London leading the way as one of the first city’s to have some protection for existing live music venues. We want Leicester City Council to take a common sense approach to this planning application and to adopt the Agent for Change / Music Venues ensuring this and other Leicester venues are protected.

The venue is asking for help to ensure that if planning is to be granted it is only granted with practical measures that ensure Dryden Street Social can trade and bring live music to the city without the threat of having its license removed or restricted.

You can support the campaign by sending an objection to:

Email: planning@leicester.gov.uk
Subject: Planning Objection PL/KER/20180097
Content: Write a reason why you would object.

You can contact the Mayor Of Leicester to ask for him to adopt The Agent Of Change/ Music Venues to give us and other Leicester Venues future protection here.

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