There are fears an eight-storey development in Deptford could stop the music at “long-established” venue The Birds Nest.

The application to build 56 apartments in a building from four to eight storeys high in Creekside was submitted to Lewisham Council by developer Bluecroft in April.

But opposition to the development has been growing, with a petition against it getting more than 2,000 signatures in nine days, amid concerns that future residents won’t tolerate late-night, live music.

“Any future residents and the loud music of a long-established, well recognised music venue are bound to conflict,” the petitions creator wrote.

Comments on the petition include: “The Bird’s Nest has been a crucial part of the local community, and a showcase for local musical talent for decades – it’s future must be protected!"

“The Birdsnest is a core part of the Deptford community and it would be terrible to lose it. We cannot keep doing things that take the soul out of a place.”

The new development includes a commercial space, that developers said would be a “very positive contribution” to the area, which will “drive further council applications.”

“This proposed development offers the opportunity for a new high-quality housing and a commercial space to be provided in a sustainable manner,” according to the development plans.

“Currently the existing sites within Bluecroft and council ownership offer back very little for Creekside and the wider Deptford in terms of interest, activity or urban environment.”

The new development would have 35 per cent of the homes at affordable housing level, with 1,541 sqm of floor space for businesses.

The developer projects this would being a further 50 to 70 workers to the area, according to their submitted documents.