Photo credit: Brendan Watters
DF Concerts & Events, owners of King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, along with fellow Scottish venues Sub Club, SWG3, O2 Academy Glasgow, and O2 ABC are calling on music fans, venues, people within the music industry and members of the public to join forces to support Agent of Change – a principle that protects venues from threat of closure at the hands of developers.
Unlike in England and Wales, there is currently no protection in place in Scotland that defends established buildings and their operations from development in their surrounding areas.
At present, the developer isn’t responsible for limiting any impact of the existing venue on their development. Instead, the venue must work to reduce their impact on the new build, which can be difficult and costly. In more extreme cases, it can lead to venue closure.
What We Need
With the Agent of Change principle enshrined in planning policy, developers would have to take on these responsibilities and weigh up their impact on both pre-existing and new builds, before going ahead with their plans.
How You Can Help
If you’re a venue, a musician, a music fan (let’s face it, who isn’t?) or someone who wants to support venues across Scotland – we’re counting on you!
Show support by sending the below email by 2nd February 2018 to the Planning Committee…
Music is at the heart of Scottish culture and our venues are currently under threat due to the current Planning Policy. I am calling for the Scottish Government to follow the lead of the UK Government and implement the Agent of Change into Scottish Planning Policy to protect Scotland’s much loved and needed music venues.
For more information on the call for feedback on the Planning Bill from the Planning Committee: http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/CurrentCommittees/107221.aspx
For more information on Agent of Change and how important this issue is, visit the Music Venue Trust website: http://musicvenuetrust.com/