Monday 14 March 2016

A major victory for the #SaveLondonMusic Campaign

Today,  just over a year since the launch of the Save London Music Campaign, The Save London Music Campaign,  UK Music, Music Venue Trust and Musicians’ Union welcome new Government legislation to protect music venues in planning law following a meeting with Ministers at the Department for Communities and Local Government, alongside Minister for Culture Ed Vaizey MP.

From 6 April 2016, Local planning authorities will have to consider noise impacts on new residents from existing businesses under an amended permitted development right. Permitted development rights have been extended in recent years and allow certain developments to take place without the need to go through the full planning system. The new regulations mean developers are now required to seek prior approval on noise impacts before a change of use from an office to residential building can be carried out. In short – you can’t change offices to flats any more if a music venue is nearby, developers will need to work with the local authority and the music venue to ensure that live music is protected.

Mark Davyd of Music Venue Trust said:
“We warmly welcome this breakthrough for the UK’s grassroots music venues. This common sense move by the government provides an opportunity for local authorities to use their powers to ensure that live music continues to play a vital economic, cultural and social role in our towns and cities. For music venues, this has never been about stopping development or preventing the creation of much needed new housing; it’s always been about ensuring that new development recognises the culture, economy and vibrancy of city centres by building great housing, enabling existing music venues and new residents to live in harmony. This is a major victory for the UK’s music venues and music fans. The fight to protect, secure and improve them goes on.”

Although these proposals don’t go as far as a full Agent of Change law for Music Venues, this is a huge breakthrough and it’s been achieved with your support. Together we can make the case for grassroots music venues; thanks so much to all of you that have supported us so far. Keep on keeping on.

The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Order 2016 was presented to Parliament on 11th March 2016 and will come into effect from the 6th April 2016. The new regulations can be found here:…/3…/pdfs/uksi_20160332_en.pdf
Although this is a great step forward, there is still plenty to be done and much hard work to ensure we preserve our musical heritage.

Please follow our campaign on Facebook and also the Music Venues Trust page. It is important to keep the campaign rolling. We have to date staged nearly 40 gigs across London to spread the message. Please keep an eye on our events page for Save London Music gigs near you.


Broadway Blogger said...

Excellent news which I heard yesterday but the Save London Music campaign is a fantastic idea and hopefully this is just the start. Good luck with the campaign and keep the pressure on.

Rog T said...

Hi Mark, we posted this up yesterday ;)
Just tweeted today as I was in studio all night. Maybe you could feature the SaveLondonMusic.Org site on your blog as this started out of the Mill Hill Music Festival and our loss of 6 Mill Hill venues. We are now a well supported Cross London campaign with high profile supporters such as Robert Elms and Lee Thompson

Broadway Blogger said...

Cheers Rog. Yes I would like to feature the campaign properly in the Friday Feature which is getting good views. That band The False Dots are the most viewed story of the last week by the way !!! I have the next couple of weeks already booked up but I will do it after the next two. If you want to send me any info/picture to help me write it up then that would be great to
In addition we are going to put up a Monthly Event guide and I am looking around for local gigs and bands to feature - any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for all you are doing for those of us in music with the campaign.

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My hearty congrats for successful journey of Save London Music Campaign, . You [people really doing a great works and thanks for your services.