The UK’s grassroots network has been handed a “tremendous boost” after the Government backed plans to enshrine the “Agent of Change” principle in law to protect venues from developers.
Following negotiations led by UK Music, housing secretary Sajid Javid has promised major changes to nationwide planning policies.
“Music venues play a vital role in our communities, bringing people together and contributing to the local economy and supporting the country’s grass roots music culture,” said Javid. “I have always thought it unfair that the burden is on long-standing music venues to solve noise issues when property developers choose to build nearby.”
The news comes after London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced property developers would have to outline how they plan to take care of soundproofing measures, as Mixmag reported. London club Ministry of Sound previously came under threat from property development.
It looks like London is one of the cities that takes care of it’s club culture and it’s potential for incomes. More governments should follow this example.