IMPORTANT PLANNING UPDATE SHOULD HELP PROTECT EXISTING MUSIC AND COMMUNITY VENUES

Agent of Change is here…

Many thanks to Dave McDonald, landlord of The Thunderbolt, for providing us with this important planning update.

Agent of Change entered into UK planning advice in the National Planning Policy Framework on 24 July. The relevant guidance features at paragraph 182, which reads: 

  1. 1 Planning policies and decisions should ensure that new development can be integrated effectively with existing businesses and community facilities (such as places of worship, pubs, music venues and sports clubs). Existing businesses and facilities should not have unreasonable restrictions placed on them as a result of development permitted after they were established. Where the operation of an existing business or community facility could have a significant adverse effect on new development (including changes of use) in its vicinity, the applicant (or ‘agent of change’) should be required to provide suitable mitigation before the development has been completed.

What this means: England

If you are a music venue in England threatened by development, the responsibility to protect you from negative outcomes, whether they are to your licence, trading hours, normal operation, future noise complaints now falls to the developer.

This protection is in place now for any planning application that has not already been granted.