The Cellar to remain open

The planning application to redevelop The Cellar into retail space was withdrawn on Wednesday after public outcry against closing the nightclub.

A petition to save The Cellar reached more than 13,000 signatures, and a Facebook event titled “Save the Cellar” had over 1,100 people register as “going” and a further 1,800 “interested”.

“Support flooded in”

Local musicians who have played at The Cellar also spoke out against the closure. Dave Bayley of Glass Animals said: “My love for live music, clubbing, and nightlife came from basically living in The Cellar […] to see it turned into some retail outlet would be like beating the small heart of the Oxford music scene to a pulp with a premade sandwich.”

The Cellar’s owners called the news that the application had been withdrawn “amazing”, saying “support flooded in for us”. Layla Moran, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, called it “brilliant news”.