MSP welcomes Agent of Change progress at Westminster



11 January 2018

North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald today welcomed the news that Labour MP John Spellar’s Ten Minute Rule Bill on introducing the Agent of Change principle into English planning law has progressed to its second reading, while changes to planning law in Scotland are due to be considered shortly.

Lewis said today:

“The Agent of Change principle has the potential to protect live music venues from extortionate soundproofing costs when new housing developments are built in their area, putting the onus on the developers to pay for any necessary improvements.

“The Welsh Government has already announced plans to enshrine Agent of Change in its planning law, while London Mayor Sadiq Khan is going to include it in the next London Plan.

"Now Westminster has given the go-ahead for John Spellar’s Ten Minute Rule Bill, to have its second reading on 19th January.

“The Scottish Government has an opportunity to keep up with the rest of the UK in the upcoming Scottish Planning Bill.

"Including Agent of Change in the new planning legislation would send a positive message to live music venues and music lovers across Scotland.

“The Scottish Parliament’s Local Government Committee has issued a call for written evidence on the upcoming Planning Bill.

"Music lovers who support live music venues and Agent of Change can make their views known by writing to the Committee.”