29:11:2017 The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has included the ‘agent of change’ principle within his new planning strategy for the capital.
Agent of change means those who bring about a change take responsibility for its impact.
The proposal would mean developers would have to take account of the impact of any new scheme on pre-existing businesses like music venues before going with their plans.
That could mean, for example, the developer of new flats takes responsibility for soundproofing to avoid the risk of new neighbours complaining about noise from a music venue.
According to the Music Venue Trust 35% of music venues have closed in the last decade.
UK Music research indicates that total spend by music tourists visiting smaller venues in London decreased by 16% last year, as well as 44% reduction in the number of overseas music tourists visiting the capital to attend gigs at smaller venues.
The draft London Plan, which also includes positive proposals for Creative Enterprise Zones and Cultural Quarters, is open to consultation and will come into effect in Autumn 2019.
UK Music CEO Michael Dugher said:
“London is a global music city. Music tourism alone generates over £1 billion for the capital and attracts over 3.5 million people every year to gigs and festivals.
“Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Night Czar Amy Lame are to be congratulated for recognising that beyond its success the sustainability of music and the night time economy face real challenges which need to be supported by planning decisions.”
“We encourage all Londoners to have their say on the London Plan and critical proposals to protect music venues.”