Change in law proposed to protect music venues from closure
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Britain’s live music venues could be offered a legal lifeline as part of a proposal forcing developers to consider a project’s impact on pre-existing businesses.
The Roundhouse, CamdenThe change in law, proposed by industry body UK Music, would ensure that developers take nearby businesses into account before proceeding with construction. It comes after an estimated 35% of grassroots venues closed down between between 2007 and 2015, while London has lost more than a third of venues over the past decade, according to UK Music. If enshrined in law, the “agent of change” principle would place the onus on the developer to find solutions to potential issues for residents in an area. For example, they could be forced to fund extra soundproofing for a venue to avoid the risk of neighbours complaining about noise. The agent of change is currently included in planning guidance but can be ignored as it is not compulsory in England, Scotland or Wales.
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