The Dulwich Gallery wants to erect a Pavilion in its grounds for the summer and has applied to the Council for permission. It also wants a licence for alcohol and late operating.
It is the 200th Anniversary of the Gallery so of course they want to celebrate. However, the amenity of residents will be affected in one way or another and particularly in Edward Alleyn House, Woodyard Lane (who heard the outdoor Belair House and Park Cinema noise on summer evenings in the past), College Gardens and College Road as well as Turney and Burbage Roads.
The Pavilion is temporary but there is no date for its removal and if it is a commercial success it could reappear next year or remain in place. The Gallery is understood to be looking for business hirers for summer parties. This is in addition to events such as weddings which are regularly held there. Included in the Gallery’s application to the council is cinema, dance, live and recorded music, a bar and other events. The Gallery does not say how frequently it plans to hold these events except that the application covers the months of June, July and August, every weekend and every evening in the week.
The Pavilion has no insulation against noise and neither would a marquee. There are precedents locally – Edward Alleyn Club and the Velodrome – where there have been successful negotiations with residents about events impinging on them. This is what the Gallery should consider in this instance, particularly if strong feelings develop about its proposals.
The Gallery should have approached residents in advance of its application to the council. As it has not done so, now is the time to tell the council and the councillors.
If a resident is happy with the plans there is no need to do anything.