BLUF Local: London

Information about London specific events, from Nigel, aka LondonSubNigel (3) and Master Thomas (33). Most BLUF London events take place at The Backstreet in Mile End, but many members also regularly attend the London Leather Social and meetings of London Leathermen. We also organise a presence at the London Pride Parade.

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Backstreet - another win

At last night's Strategic Development Committee, we won again. For the second time this year, the committee threw out plans to redevelop the site of which Backstreet is a part, by 6 votes to 1.

That's the good news. But what does it really mean? It's hard to say, because after the last meeting in February - see The battle for Backstreet - we certainly didn't expect to be going through the same thing two months later. Hopefully this time, after another rejection, the developer will have to do a lot more work to try and get things passed.

It was hard to judge from the questions and comments during the meeting how things were going; I wasn't questioned this time, after my two minute objection speech. Also speaking was another local resident, and a local councillor. I can't stress how important it is to make work with other objectors - that way you can make sure nothing is missed, and present a united front.

Ultimately the reasons for refusal were the same as the previous time; only the chair of the committee thought that they had been addressed adequately by the revised plan.

Round three?

It's worth nothing that as well as stopping the development again, it also appeared that there was a slight bit of extra ground given on the part of the developer with regard to The Backstreet. This may be useful if (or more likely when) a future application succeeds. Chiefly this is a slight alteration to the notice period. Last time round they committed to giving Backstreet twelve months' notice from the grant of planning permission, and that now appears to be twelve months' notice of starting work on the site. It's not much, but it does add extra breathing space.

And clearly there is concern from the councillors about relocation strategy, and if that will be meaningful or not. It was suggested that, if the proposal were to go ahead, there would be reporting conditions including. In other words, the developer would have to help with relocation, and could possibly face enforcement action, if it were considered not to be holding up its end of the bargain.

In a city like London, it's almost inevitable that we'll have to keep expending energy on fighting applications like this. But as we've seen - twice now - it can be done.

Thanks to all who wrote to object to the application, and especially to those who came along to the meeting.

Here, for the record, is my two minute speech

Two months ago this development was rejected, because of size, density, servicing, loss of community facility, poor design and air quality. It seems little has been done to address those matters.

The tower is indeed shorter. But it will still loom over the park, the bridge and the junction. Far from adding "visual interest" I fear the use of different colours on different parts will just look a mess; and Mile End doesn't need another Lincoln Plaza.

There are serious issues with air quality, and few details of mitigation measures, beyond some tenants going without balconies. The proposed CHP plant, when new, will already have an emissions rate exceeding GLA limits.

Density has been reduced but at over 1400, it's still well over twice the sustainable residential quality in the London Plan. It achieves that trick while providing just eight homes with poor air quality for affordable rent.

The applicants make much of their report on servicing, but the need for a traffic management plan is going to be tricky for residents, and the suggestion that there are other bays 100 metres down the road is unlikely to satisfy tenants. And there is still inadequate provision for disabled parking.

With regard to The Backstreet, I must stress the unique nature of this club, which has operated peacefully for 32 years. There is nothing like it in the UK, and few similar places elsewhere. Once again section 8.221 claims that the operator of the club is seeking to cease trading. That is wrong, and if permission is granted a substantial relocation strategy must be agreed.

I'd also like to note that when the Backyard comedy club in Bethnal Green was redeveloped, a new club was built beneath the Travelodge.

The revised plans come up short. Short on air quality, short on servicing, short on design, short on solutions for the community, and so high on density they fall short on residential quality too. I strongly urge you to reject it, again.

Lincoln Plaza, incidentally, is another building by the same developer, widely considered to be a pretty horrific eyesore, in London's Docklands.

I've annotated my live tweets of the meeting, which you can read on Storify

Wednesday 26 April, Nigel, aka LondonSubNigel (3). Updated 26 Apr, 13:08 by Nigel, aka LondonSubNigel (3)

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Events

IGNITE

Saturday 30 Sep, 22:30

Join the men of IGNITE for an evening of smoke at The Backstreet. Cruise indoors, or enjoy a geared up smoke in the private outdoor smoking area at London's only leather bar. More info: Nigel, aka LondonSubNigel (3)

The Backstreet, Wentworth Mews, Mile End, London, United Kingdom

London Leather Social

Sunday 01 Oct, 17:00

The monthly London get-together for guys in leather. Meet upstairs in Comptons, from 5pm onwards. No dresscode.

Comptons, Old Compton Street, London W1, United Kingdom

Fetish Bound - Samhain Special

Friday 13 Oct, 19:00

London's monthly male bondage club in the Underground Club at Central Station. A friendly no attitude play space to meet play and socialise in, for all levels from the new to the experienced. More info: Dave, aka Tieemup (917)

The Underground Club, Central Station, 37 Wharfedale Road, King's Cross, London N1 9SD, United Kingdom

How To Escape From Stuff

Tuesday 17 Oct, 19:00

Fresh from the Edinburgh Festival here's a chance to see "How to Escape From Stuff" in London. A stand-up comedy show all about a hobby that I kept secret for ten years: amateur escapology. The tale begins with me tied up by missionaries on a Welsh beach, age 7, and ends with me tying up Michael Fassbender in "Assassin’s Creed" last year. I also look at how escapology might be useful in solving other problems, like Michael Gove. Tickets are £7 full price, £6 concessions and £5 for groups of 6 or more. There's a £2 booking fee if you buy online - which you don't pay if you buy direct from the box office. Doors open 6.45pm and there's a really good bar open before and after the show.

Museum of Comedy, The Undercroft, St George’s Church, Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2SR, UK

London Leather Weekend

Thursday 19 October -> 22 Sunday Oct 17

Join London Leathermen for a weekend of events. Full details to follow, but the weekend will include a joint BLUF / London Leathermen social, a Mastery night, and BLUF's 20th birthday bash, plus more

Various venues, London, UK

BLUF's 20th Birthday Bash

Thursday 19 Oct, 22:00

BLUF is 20 this year! Our official birthday is on November 18th, and we're kicking off the celebrations with BLUF's Birthday Bash at The Backstreet, London's leather bar. The club is opening specially for us on Thursday 19th, and we hope to see many members in attendance - there may be a few surprises too. And if you can't get to London, we'll be having celebratory events in many other cities, too. This event is also part of the London Leather Weekend, so there are plenty of good reasons to head to London. Dresscode: BLUF Please note this event is for BLUF members and their guests only. More details will be available shortly. Info: Nigel, aka LondonSubNigel (3)

The Backstreet, Wentworth Mews, Mile End, London, United Kingdom

SM Gays

Thursday 19 Oct, 21:00

Join SM Gays to help kick off the London Leather Weekend, at Bloc South. This evening's event includes a workshop with John Pendal, "Unarmed BDSM: Things to do with just the human body"

Bloc South, 65 Goding St, Lambeth, London SE11 5AW, UK

London Leathermen

Friday 20 Oct, 21:00

London Leathermen's monthly Club Night Social with Men.inc at the Eagle London from 9pm... free entrance, beer specials, secure clothes check, changing area, pool table, great music, outside private smoking terrace & bar, free (BBQ or buffet weather dependent) - great company so gear up and join us.

Eagle London, 349 Kennington Ln, London SE11 5QY, UK, London, United Kingdom

Blackout XXX

Friday 20 Oct, 21:00

Join London Leathermen and BLUF at The Eagle for Blackout XXX, with Men Inc

Eagle London, 349 Kennington Ln, London SE11 5QY, UK, London, United Kingdom

Mastery

Saturday 21 Oct, 22:00

Join the men of Mastery for a night of Sex, S/Moke and Submission at The Backstreet. Part of London Leather Weekend, you'll find plenty of guys celebrating BLUF's 20th birthday here too!

The Backstreet, Wentworth Mews, Mile End, London, United Kingdom

Leather Gala Dinner

Saturday 21 Oct, 19:30

Join London Leathermen for a gala dinner, during the London Leather Weekend. Please check the LLM website for latest details.

Holiday Inn City, Cavell Street, London E1 2BP, United Kingdom

Brunch and Fetish Market

Sunday 22 Oct, 13:00

Wrap up the London Leather Weekend with Brunch and a fetish market. Full details to follow

Venue TBC, London, UK

London Leather Social

Sunday 05 Nov, 17:00

The monthly London get-together for guys in leather. Meet upstairs in Comptons, from 5pm onwards. No dresscode.

Comptons, Old Compton Street, London W1, United Kingdom

Fetish Bound - 8th Birthday Party

Friday 10 Nov, 19:00

London's monthly male bondage club in the Underground Club at Central Station. A friendly no attitude play space to meet play and socialise in, for all levels from the new to the experienced. More info: Dave, aka Tieemup (917)

The Underground Club, Central Station, 37 Wharfedale Road, King's Cross, London N1 9SD, United Kingdom

London Leathermen

Friday 17 Nov, 21:00

London Leathermen's monthly Club Night Social with Men.inc at the Eagle London from 9pm... free entrance, beer specials, secure clothes check, changing area, pool table, great music, outside private smoking terrace & bar, free (BBQ or buffet weather dependent) - great company so gear up and join us.

Eagle London, 349 Kennington Ln, London SE11 5QY, UK, London, United Kingdom

BLUF at Backstreet

Saturday 02 Dec, 22:00

Join us at Backstreet for the final BLUF event of 2017. Dig out your best gear, and come out for the last time before the holiday break. Normal Backstreet entrance charges apply. More info: Nigel, aka LondonSubNigel (3)

The Backstreet, Wentworth Mews, Mile End, London, United Kingdom

London Leather Social

Sunday 03 Dec, 17:00

The monthly London get-together for guys in leather. Meet upstairs in Comptons, from 5pm onwards. No dresscode.

Comptons, Old Compton Street, London W1, United Kingdom

Fetish Bound - Yule Party

Friday 08 Dec, 19:00

London's monthly male bondage club in the Underground Club at Central Station. A friendly no attitude play space to meet play and socialise in, for all levels from the new to the experienced. More info: Dave, aka Tieemup (917)

The Underground Club, Central Station, 37 Wharfedale Road, King's Cross, London N1 9SD, United Kingdom

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