The Fleece in Bristol – one of the city’s most popular music venues – is once again in danger of being forced to close thanks to the developers of flats opposite the building. Read on for full details or just go sign the petition here.

Last year, as we reported how Bristol City Council had told the developers they had to put up soundproofing in the proposed flats so the new residents wouldn’t be affected by noise levels and in turn proceed to complain and put the wheels in motion to get the venue closed.

“Hurrah” everyone thought, a rare occasion of a small venue winning the day!

But it appears the developers weren’t happy so they’re now appealing to the Secretary Of State to get openable windows installed in the proposed new flats which would obviously take everyone back to square one! Except they’ll still be having to spend the $$ putting the sound proofing in one presumes!

To the untrained eye this just looks like spoilt little children syndrome – they didn’t get their way so they’re trying to enforce the demise of the venue who won legal case against them which resulted in their having to spend a small sum of money compared to how much they stand to make on the venture. A legal case decided on, we remind you, by impartial Bristol council officials.

So where do we go from here? To the website of course to sign this petition.

Full spiel from the page reproduced verbatim…

Future Of The Fleece Live Music Venue Under Threat Again

London developer Edenlaw Ltd has appealed to the Secretary Of State seeking openable windows in proposed new flats directly opposite The Fleece live music venue. We strongly object to this (and so does Bristol City Council). Recent changes were made to national planning policy which requires the sound insulation of the building envelope to be optimised for new residences near live music venues so we believe it is vital that the proposed flats which face The Fleece have fixed shut windows. This case has now become the first test of this new national policy. Please support us by objecting to this appeal.

Appeal reference: APP/Z0116/W/15/3002843


The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP

Protect The Future Of The Fleece Live Music Venue By Enforcing Recent Planning Policy Changes

You can find The Fleece online here: They’re also on Facebook and tweet as @fleecebristol.
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Guy is a former full time member of the Louder Than War editorial team, who's since moved on to pastures new. Music's been a large part of his life since he first stumbled across Peel on his tranny as a fifteen year old. His whole approach to music was learnt from Peel in fact, which includes having as inclusive a taste in music as possible. Guy devotes most of his time looking for new music & although he's been known to say "the only good music is new music" he pretty much accepts this is bollocks. Favourite band The Minutemen.


  1. Why not just write into the contract that residents are not allowed to complain because they weren’t there first?


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