An all too familiar story is developing in Liverpool, where the continued operation of cherished art space 24 Kitchen Street is threatened by development plans that could see 200 flats constructed next to it. Mirroring a similar scene that has reared its head across the UK in recent years, the city’s clubbing and arts community are concerned that noise complaints could see the club close down should the planned developments go ahead, and representatives of the popular nightspot have suggested that “the proposed introduction of a major new housing development in this location is not appropriate or compatible with their existing nightclub”.
24 Kitchen Street has been running at its home in the Baltic Triangle Liverpool since December 2013, hosting parties at the hands of Detroit Swindle, Sonja Moonear, Objekt and more along the way. Also used for a mix of different art projects, the venue is prized for its intimacy and plays an important role in offering a platform to local artists across various mediums, so the weight of concern at the latest developments is unsurprising. Having requested that provisions are made to protect the club’s security in the case of development going ahead, the 24 Kitchen Street are now waiting to find out if the plans are given the green light. Currently blessed with a late license, an outdoor courtyard and a roof garden, the space would be vulnerable to noise complaints if not given the protection outlined by the its representatives’ requests.
As a partner of the Night Time Industries Association, Ticket Arena supports the 24 Kitchen Street management in their call for any nearby development to be undertaken only if it does not present a threat to the continuation of the club in its current form.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photo courtesy of Samantha Milligan via 24 Kitchen Street