Sajid Javid

Strengthened planning policy to protect music venues

Developers that build homes near music venues should be held responsible for addressing noise issues, according to housing secretary Sajid Javid (pictured above).

Mr Javid has announced his commitment to working closely with the music industry to help strengthen the planning policy.

The National Planning Policy Framework – which local authorities are legally bound to comply with – will now include detailed reference to the ‘agent of change’ principle, with a consultation scheduled for the spring.

The new ruling will make developers responsible for identifying and solving any sound problems – if planning permission is granted for their development – to ensure that music venues, churches, community and sports clubs avoid complaints from new neighbours.

Mr Javid 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 [is] unfair that the burden is on longstanding music venues to solve noise issues when property developers choose to build nearby.

“That’s why I consulted on this in February last year as part of the housing white paper.

“I am pleased to finally have an opportunity to right this wrong and also give more peace of mind to new residents moving into local properties.”

Michael Dugher, chief executive of UK Music, added: “We are delighted the government is supporting agent of change and strengthening the rules to protect grassroots music venues.

“This is excellent news for the live music industry.

“Music makes a huge contribution to our country, bringing enjoyment to millions and contributing £4.4bn to our economy.

“Supporting grassroots venues is key to maintaining the UK’s vibrant and diverse music scene, as well as ensuring we have the talent pipeline to maintain Britain’s position as a global force in music.”

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