Today Black Country MP John Spellar claimed a key victory in his campaign to halt the decline in music venues.
Earlier this year, Mr Spellar submitted a Bill to Parliament [the Planning (Agent of Change Bill)] which would have required those responsible for new residential accommodation to put measures in place to allow existing music venues to continue to operate and co-exist, such as sound-proofing – rather than placing the responsibility on the venue.
The Government recently introduced changes to Planning Guidance which incorporated the changes contained in Mr Spellar’s Bill. As a result, Mr Spellar has withdrawn his Bill.
Commenting, Mr Spellar said: “This is a great result for campaigners, activists, music venues and the music industry as a whole who have fought for years to make this legislation a reality and halt the decline in music venues.”
“The British music industry is one of our most unique offers as a country – and we should be doing all we can to make sure this industry thrives.”
“Having adopted the measures contained in my Bill into law, it is now vital that councils ensure these are implemented effectively – to make sure reality matches rhetoric.”
UK Music CEO Michael Dugher said: “Thanks to John Spellar’s fantastic work, music venues will now get vital protection from developers.
“I have no doubt that John’s forensic knowledge of parliamentary process and campaigning zeal played a key part in getting this crucial change, which has been welcomed by the entire music industry, onto the statute book.
“Thanks to his efforts, music fans in the Black Country and across the UK should be able to continue watching their favourite acts at their favourite venues.”