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London’s Printworks venue to close

London venue Printworks is set to close following a decision by Southwark Council to redevelop the site into office and retail space.

Property development and investment company British Land, which owns the land, submitted a proposal to redevelop the space last October.

Despite there being a petition signed by over 10,000 people and backlash from the live music industry, the Southwark Council approved the plans last week, according to the Southwark News.

Council officers did note however that the application had received significant backlash, but that use of the old newspaper printing facility was only ever supposed to be temporary.

In their report, council officers said: “It is noted that a significant number of objections have been received in respect of the loss of the club/music venue currently operating on the site. It is acknowledged that this use has been very successful.

“However, the events use was initiated as a short-term interim use in 2016 pending development of the building within the masterplan. It was never intended to be a permanent use of the site.”

The 6,000-capacity venue was opened in 2017 and the land will now become office and retail space. The redevelopment is part of wider plans for the Canada Water area in London, which will also create up to 3,000 new homes.

It is not known when the venue will close for good.

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