A proposed office development that posed a threat to the future of London’s IKLECTIK venue has been temporarily halted for a comprehensive investigation. This intervention was initiated by Michael Gove, the UK Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing, and Communities.
IKLECTIK, a not-for-profit venue known for its support of music and arts on the experimental fringe, announced this positive development on Twitter. Michael Gove’s Article 31 Direction has effectively stopped Lambeth Council from advancing their development plans while a thorough investigation is conducted. This investigation could potentially lead to a public inquiry that might put a halt to the proposed office development.
IKLECTIK is under threat from a proposal involving five tower blocks, which, if approved, would represent the largest single office development ever constructed in the Borough of Lambeth. Should this project proceed, it would result in the demolition of IKLECTIK’s Old Paradise Yard premises. A petition opposing this development has garnered over 40,000 signatures.
Since its establishment in 2014, IKLECTIK has been a vital platform for experimental music and art, hosting performances by artists like Proteus, Dale Cornish, and ABADIR in the upcoming weeks.
Written by: Artificial Intelligence Technology