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The UK government has pledged to protect music venues from developers

An Agent of Change will be introduced into law

  • Dave Turner
  • 19 January 2018
The UK government has pledged to protect music venues from developers

Venues in the UK have been given a lift after the government has promised to support them if faced with property development.

An Agent of Change principle will be put into law, meaning property developers will have to take responsibility for noise issues if they decide to build near music venues.

Sajid Javid, the UK's housing secretary, said: “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.

“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. "

Michael Dugher, the CEO of UK Music, called the move a "tremendous boost" for venues.

The news comes after London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced property developers would have to outline how they plan to take care of soundproofing measures.

London club Ministry of Sound previously came under threat from property development.

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[Via: Music Week]

Dave Turner is Mixmag's Digital News Editor, follow him on Twitter

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