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Neighbours object as London Fashion Week plans return to Soho car park

A model at September’s spring/summer show in Brewer Street

A model at September’s spring/summer show in Brewer Street 

Published: 29 January, 2016
by ALINA POLIANSKAYA

MODELS may soon be strutting around Soho once more, as plans for London Fashion Week to return to a Brewer Street car park have been lodged with Westminster Council. 

The British Fashion Council has entered a bid to take over five floors of the space, including a base­­­ment level, for the glamorous event which runs from February 19 to 23. 

A number of objections have been submitted from neighbours, who fear noise and music from the event – scheduled to finish at 9pm – may cause disturbance.

One objector said that last time the event took place, “the music bass volume caused the vibration of windows in my property, so the windows were moving with the bass volume. The venue needs insulating so that the excess noise is not an issue for properties such as mine next to the venue.”

The council have recommended permission be granted subject to a number of conditions which include “acoustic screening” to avoid excessive noise disturbance. 

It could be the second time the fashion extravaganza takes over the building, after the spring/summer show was held there in September. Shows were previously held in Somerset House. 

A design and access statement said that the “prestigious event” will “contribute to Soho’s profile as representing the core and home of the UK’s fashion industry and also Soho and London’s profile as a centre for fashion across the world.”

The application will be considered on Tuesday. 

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