Milton Keynes Council Refuses CLOPUD Application From Abbey Homes Image:The Stables

​Milton Keynes Council refuses Certificate of Lawful Development application from Abbey Homes

The Stables is grateful to the members of Milton Keynes Development Control Committee for refusing the latest application from Abbey Homes. The developers had applied for a Certificate of Lawful Development.

This would have allowed them to proceed with building next to The Stables without implementing the condition of a Deed of Easement (condition 14), which was applied to the original planning permission granted for the site.

At the committee meeting held on 9 January 2020 Council members agreed with the recommendations from officers to refuse permission and to enable appropriate enforcement action is if the condition is breached.

In front of a full public gallery, members were unanimous in their resolve to ensure that the developers comply with the condition that will ensure residents are informed of the proximity to the music venue before moving in and enabling the venue to continue to make noise to its current levels without fear of a private noise nuisance prosecution from residents of the Abbey Development site.

The committee noted the risk that the developers may now appeal the refusal. This poses a residual risk that The Stables may incur additional legal costs.

The Stables, a registered charity, has so far funded fees for legal, planning and noise consultants from its reserves spending over £60,000 since April and in excess of £100,000 in total.

Monica Ferguson, The Stables chief executive & artistic director said:

“Every penny spent on planning matters is a penny that cannot be spent promoting music and supporting future generations of musicians through the learning & participation and emerging artists programmes.

“It also means less to spend investing in projects like IF: Milton Keynes International Festival and in maintaining and running The Stables venue.”

The Stables January 2020 Gift Appeal has so far raised more than £6,000. Jim Rice, chair of the Trustees, said:

“We are so grateful to everyone who has continued to support our campaign to ensure the best possible future for The Stables. To have raised this amount in 5 days is fantastic, but we are concerned that our costs may continue to rise if the developers decide to appeal the Council’s decisions.”

Donations towards the appeal can be made online through Just Giving or via the box office on 01908 280800.

Cheques can be made payable to Wavendon Allmusic Plan and sent to The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, MK17 8LU.