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Iconic music venue 'The Stables' could be under threat of closure

'The Stables' in Milton Keynes is a popular music venue. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A popular music venue near Milton Keynes set up by jazz stars Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth has warned its future could be under threat if plans for a new housing development nearby are given the green light.

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'The Stables' in Wavendon has urged the local council to refuse planning permission for a new three-storey blocks of flats by Abbey Developments that would be built just 12 metres from its boundary and would overlook the entrance.

Bosses at the venue claim that the close proximity of the development would lead to inevitable noise complaints and subsequent licensing restrictions.

The venue was founded by husband and wife Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth. Credit: PA

'The Stables' first opened in 1970 and was founded by jazz stars Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine.

It now puts on more than 400 gigs every year, and attracts around 100,000 people through its doors on an annual basis.

“We have seen many music venues around the country forced to close in recent years when new housing schemes are built too close," Chief Executive Monica Ferguson said.

"Subsequent complaints from residents about noise nuisance arising from the gigs, the traffic, car doors and customers lead to licensing restrictions which make the venues unable to operate.

"We are appealing to Milton Keynes Council to look to the future and ensure that it protects one of its most valuable cultural assets.”

The venue stages hundreds of gigs every year. Credit: ITV News Anglia

In a statement, Milton Keynes Council told ITV News Anglia that no final decision has been yet and people still have until July 5 to voice their reservations.

“No decision has yet been taken on this planning application. People still have until 5 July to comment, when the consultation on this application ends," a spokesperson said.

"Obviously we would encourage people to make their views known, and these will of course be taken into consideration when we make our decision.”