Fears for Rugby’s music venue The Vault if elderly homes are built nearby

A computer-generated image of how the redeveloped site may look
A computer-generated image of how the redeveloped site may look
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Musicians fear plans to build homes for older people near the venue could deal a “bitter blow” for Rugby’s music scene.

They hope Rugby Borough Council will reject the scheme to develop near The Vault in Church Street.

It would involve St Andrew’s Church Hall being knocked down and the partial demolition of the former Herbert Gray College to make way for 73 ‘extra care’ units, a hotel and offices.

Callum Wachowski, manager of the club, said: “The Vault attracts people from all over the region and really puts Rugby on the map.”

He said developers have addressed the club’s concerns about the noise generated.

“The council has been extremely supportive and has worked with all the concerned parties to ensure that adequate measures are put in place to manage and control the effect of the noise we generate.”

But Rugby musician Andy Walker said: “If this plan got the go-ahead it would be absolutely not fair on a well established nightclub and live music venue. We lost our last dedicated venue to noise abatement issues – surely common sense should prevail here. It’s fairly obvious to assume that a nightclub should not live next door to elderly people’s housing.”

“It can’t go ahead for both The Vault or the potential residents of the new home. I’m sure they wouldn’t choose to live next door to a nightclub, however well behaved the gig goers were.”

He said people would still use the venue, which attracts respected current acts in the industry, even if had to close early.

“It would be a massive shame though,” added Mr Walker.

“I would hate Rugby Borough Council to punish a successful and community-based local businesses.”

Former Newbold landlord Declan Coyle, a local music promotor, described The Vault as a “hidden gem”.

He said: “There are plenty of sites around Rugby to develop elderly residential complexes.

“Losing The Vault would be a big blow for Rugby’s music scene but also for Rugby town centre given the venue’s proactive approach in supporting events in and around the town.”

Mr Coyle said some of the best gigs he has been to have been at The Vault.

“It’s a hidden gem,” he said.

“The Vault howcases both local and national talent. I don’t think it would be fair on anyone if the homes went ahead.”

The planning officer’s report says the modern architectural language of the proposed new build is considered to be a welcome approach.

“It could successfully integrate the remaining historic buildings on the site. This

would necessitate alterations to the listed Herbert Gray College but the removal of the

twentieth century additions is encouraged as they detract from the building and do not

provide an example of the positive organic growth of a listed building.

“The majority of the former Herbert Gray College remains vacant and certain sections internally are

beginning to deteriorate. The proposal does retain the majority of the historic portion of the

listed college and therefore the proposals are considered to accord with the conservation approach generally taken.”

The report said while some of the views of St Andrew’s Church tower would be restricted by the development, others would be created.

A three year deadline has been given to the latest application.

The plan is due to be approved at Wednesday’s meeting of the Planning Committee, with a number of conditions in place.

He said people would still use the venue, which attracts respected current acts in the industry, even if had to close early.

“It would be a massive shame though,” added Mr Walker.

“I would hate Rugby Borough Council to punish a successful and community-based local businesses.”

Former Newbold landlord Declan Coyle, a local music promotor, described The Vault as a “hidden gem”.

He said: “There are plenty of sites around Rugby to develop elderly residential complexes. Losing The Vault would be a big blow for Rugby’s music scene but also for Rugby town centre given the venue’s proactive approach in supporting events in and around the town.”

The planning officer’s report welcomes the “modern architectural language” of the proposal. It states: “The majority of the former Herbert Gray College remains vacant and certain sections internally are beginning to deteriorate. The proposal does retain the majority of the historic portion of the listed college.”

The report said while some of the views of St Andrew’s Church tower would be restricted by the development, others would be created.

The report recommends that members of the borough council’s planning committee approve the plans at their meeting on Wednesday.