Labour's 'Agent of Change' principle aims to help music venues

Michael Dugher MP, Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, and Labour's Shadow Planning and Housing team have tabled new clauses (to be debated on Tuesday 8 December) to the Planning and Housing Bill that would implement the "Agent of Change" principle to help small music venues.

Under the "Agent of Change" principle, an apartment block to be built near an established live music venue (open for at least a year) would have to pay for soundproofing and mitigate against any other potential problems.

Labour's amendments would also ensure that residents of buildings converted to residential use are protected from factors, particularly noise, affecting their amenity.

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Michael Dugher MP, Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, said:

"Since 2010, the Conservative Government have just stood by whilst more and more grassroots music venues have been forced to close.

"Small music venues play a key role in the success of the UK creative industry through enabling great young talent to grow and develop into our next global stars.  But there is a real crisis at the moment and that's why we need to adopt the Agent of Change principle to support small music venues.

"Only a change in legislation can adequately resolve the situation and protect all concerned parties by clearly stipulating who is responsible for soundproofing and other necessary measures when a change is introduced to an area.  This has the support from the music industry and I hope the Government will now back Labour's amendments so we can help save grassroots music venues before it's too late."

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