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UK Music calls on Scottish Parliament to build on success of agent of change to protect venues

UK Music’s Director of Government and Public Affairs Tom Kiehl called on MSPs to use the Planning (Scotland) Bill to protect music venues.

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28/02/2018: UK Music’s Director of Government and Public Affairs Tom Kiehl called on MSPs to use the Planning (Scotland) Bill to protect music venues.

Tom was providing evidence at a hearing of the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee.

The hearing, which was also addressed by the Music Venue Trust’s strategic director Beverley Whitrick, followed the Scottish Government’s welcome decision to amend Scottish Planning Policy and National Planning Framework to incorporate the agent of change principle to protect music venues.

Tom set out a number of ways the Planning (Scotland) Bill could be amended to protect under threat venues. This included requiring developers to submit noise impact assessments to support applications close to venues, integrating licensing decision making within the Scottish planning system and placing a duty on planning authorities to prevent unreasonable consequences on existing businesses.

Music tourism generates £334 million to the Scottish economy with 1.2 million visitors coming to Scotland for concerts and festivals. Despite this success, 35% of music venues have closed in the past decade.

More details of the Local Government and Communities Committee inquiry are available here: http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/CurrentCommittees/local-govt-committee.aspx

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