Venues urged to give final push for Agent of Change

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UK Music, which spearheaded the campaign with Music Venue Trust to protect music venues by imposing stricter rules on property developers, is calling for one final show of support from venues.

Venue bosses have until 10 May to back the planned introduction of the Agent of Change principle in the government’s draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

Urging venues to have their say before the deadline, UK Music chief executive Michael Dugher said: ‘We want one last tidal wave of support from venue operators and everyone who wants to protect our amazing live music scene to get Agent of Change enshrined in planning rules.

‘I would urge people to have their say on the Government’s proposals and show their strong support for this important change.’

Earlier this year, UK Music – which represents the UK recorded and live music industry – achieved ‘a seismic victory’ when the Government pledged its support to get the Agent of Change principle enshrined in UK law to protect venues.

Artists including Sir Paul McCartney, Sandie Shaw and Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason were among those to pledge their support.

The legislation would require property developers to take into account the impact of their project on pre-existing businesses such as music venues, before going ahead with their plans.

New developers could also be responsible for funding extra soundproofing for music venues to avoid noise complaints from new neighbours.

It is hoped the new rules will come into force before the summer.

Dugher added: ‘Small and grassroots venues are a vital part of the talent pipeline that help nurture future talent and play their role in the music industry that makes a £4.4bn contribution to the economy.

‘I hope we are just weeks away from making Agent of Change a reality and safeguarding cherished music venues everywhere.’

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