The London mayor has proposed to protect the capital's live music venues. A task force, set up by Boris Johnson, has suggested an 'agent of change' principle to give existing venues primacy and make devlopers of housing near clubs responsible for noise management.
Mike Kiely, Chair of the POS London region, told Planning magazine that the problems faced by live music venues are mirrored when new housing is built near longstanding industrial sites. He said the deregulation of the planning system and developers appetite for new housing opportunities is exacerbating the situation. "I'm assuming that the agents of change principle will be something in a section 106 agreement that makes it clear that the person is giving up the right to complain about noise," he said. "I'm a little doubtful about people saying they don't mind noise, but maybe it is the case.
Kiely added that the planning system could also look to ensure that new music venues are provided as part of new schemes, and protect existing clubs and bars.