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Success for 'Save Denmark Street' campaign: 3 buildings protected, new planning legislation to help MI retailers

Laura  Barnes
Success for 'Save Denmark Street' campaign: 3 buildings protected, new planning legislation to help MI retailers

Henry Schott-Irvine, founder of ‘Save Denmark Street’ has revealed the successes of the campaign, which was set up in May 2014.

London’s Denmark Street, A.K.A Tin Pan Alley, has long been a place of great musical significance for the capital, regularly attracting prominent rock and pop artists from across the globe on account of its array of MI stores and live music venues.

The Crossrail development in London has been looming over Denmark Street since it’s announcement, threatening to close iconic venues such as the 12 Bar Club.

With petitions set up to save the Soho hotspot and some of the most vital venues and MI shops located there, Crossrail developers have responded to these petitions in the past.
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MI Pro reported in June 2014 that Consolidated Developments, the firm behind the redevelopment of Denmark Street, outlined its commitment to “preserving and enhancing the music heritage of Tin Pan Alley”.

Scott-Irvine has now reported that his campaign has successfully seen three building listed, upgraded and protected. These buildings include number 6 – the former Sex Pistols studio outbuilding, which at the front also housed Hipgnosis – the former Pink Floyd album design company run by Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell.

Number 7 is also upgraded and fully protected since March 22nd while 26, the former 12 Bar Club music venue, is saved for posterity with its ‘Old Forge' or ‘Smithy' having been moved while developers build the new 200 standing-room-only venue beneath it.

Scott-Irvine also revealed that recently signed deals put in place alongside new ‘Section 106' Planning Legislation will save many music-based retail businesses in Tin Pan Alley with upgraded protection as they undergo a further five year redevelopment process on the back of Crossrail 1, which is due to open in 2018.

As well as this, Scott-Irvine is also planning to interview various famous, infamous and unknown people associated with Denmark Street for a film.

Tin Pan Alley Tales - The Film will feature exclusive stories from Denmark Street. These will be told by twelve people who've either lived or worked there since World War 2.

“As with Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, each ‘tale teller' will come from a vastly different background and career," he explained.

"So far we have exclusives from ‘Skiffler ‘Chas McDevitt who's offices were at 6 in 1956; Dave Davies who participated in the Kinks demo's of You Really Got Me at Regents Sounds at 4 Denmark St, Sex Pistol Glen Matlock whose Grandmother lived at 6 in the main building; and author Will Self who grew up around the corner from the street."

The Denmark Street documentary is currently seeking crowdfunding for its production. You can find out more and get involved at phundee.com/reward/campaign/tin-pan-alley-tales-the-film

Tags: denmark street , Crossrail , Tin Pan Alley , Save Denmark Street , campaign

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