MP’s back Agent of Change Bill
At its first reading on the 10th January 2018, the House of Commons gave approval to the Planning ( Agent of Change) Bill.
The proposed legislation, would require property developers to take into account pre-existing businesses, like music venues, before proceeding with a project. Many music venues, industry groups and artists are backing the bill as a crucial weapon in the fight against music-led licenced venue closures.
J. Willgoose, Esq., one third of Public Service Broadcasting, “If you look at some of the venues we played in early days, and how many of them have now closed, especially in London, it’s a frighteningly high percentage.”
The second reading of the Bill will take place on the 19th January 2018, Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “A UK-wide adoption of the agent of change principle would be a pragmatic and positive move that would secure the status of our hugely important music venues and nightclubs.”