developers building new homes near music venues should be responsible
for addressing noise issues in a move to protect both music venues and
their neighbours, the housing secretary Sajid Javid, pictured, has said.
With late-night venues and community sports clubs sometimes being
forced to make high cost changes when new residents move into the area,
Javid has committed to working closely with the music industry to help
strengthen planning policy.
He said: “Music venues play a vital
role in our communities, bringing people together and contributing to
the local economy and supporting the country’s grass roots music
“I have always thought it unfair that the burden is on
long-standing music venues to solve noise issues when property
developers choose to build nearby.
“That’s why I consulted on this
in February last year as part of the housing white paper. I am pleased
to finally have an opportunity to right this wrong and also give more
peace of mind to new residents moving into local properties.”
proposal was that planning policies and decisions should take account of
existing businesses and other organisations, such as churches,
community pubs and music venues, when locating new development nearby
and, where necessary, to mitigate the impact of noise and other
potential nuisances arising from existing development.
The government says this will be incorporated into the updated National Planning Policy Framework.
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