Building legislation planned to save music venues

Building legislation planned to save music venues

Housing developers building new homes near music venues will be responsible for addressing noise issues under new government proposals.

The Housing Secretary Sajid Javid said it was “unfair” that the burden is on long-standing music venues to solve disputes.

According to the plans, developers will be responsible for identifying and solving any sound problems if granted permission to build, and avoid music venues, community and sports club and churches “running into expensive issues as a result of complaints from new neighbours”.

The news comes after reports that independent music venues were being asked to pay for changes to noise volume or shut down.

The National Planning Policy Framework will now be amended to include the “Agent of Change” principle.

Housing Secretary Sajid 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 unfair that the burden is on long-standing 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.”

Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture Media and Sport, added: “I am thrilled strengthened planning rules will ensure grassroots music venues are protected when new housing is built. These venues give emerging artists a platform to hone their craft, connect to their audience and get discovered.”