Luke Pollard MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, has backed the introduction of the Planning (Agent of Change) Bill to the House of Commons. The Ten-minute Rule Bill, presented by John Spellar MP has received cross-party support and aims to incorporate the agent of change principle within planning law.

There has been a 35% decline in grassroots music venues in the UK over the last decade. UK Music has warned that existing planning laws are often a key factor struggling music venues must contend with.

The Bill would require developers who build flats next to live music venues to pay for the insulation and mitigation measures for the venue instead of high costs falling on the venue business. This would help protect these vital community assets.

The Bill would mean that developers in Plymouth and around the UK would have to take account of the impact of any new scheme on pre-existing businesses like music venues before going with their plans.

Luke Pollard MP said:

“I have always been a big fan of Plymouth’s thriving music scene and welcome the introduction of the agent of change Bill as a vital means of protecting the future of our best-loved grassroots music venues in Plymouth.

“All too often planning laws have placed unreasonable demands on small venues, threatening the development of our world beating music industry. This isn’t right.”

“I am pleased that this Bill recognises the challenges that music venues face. I call on the Government to secure its speedy passage into law, so Plymouth’s live music venues can be protected in planning law.”

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