17 May 2018

North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald today welcomed the news that the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government Committee has recommended the inclusion of the Agent of Change principle in the upcoming Planning (Scotland) Bill.

In their Stage One report on the legislation, MSPs have also recommended that the Scottish Government looks into further ways to protect live music venues in Scottish towns and cities through the designation of “areas of cultural significance”.

Lewis said:

“It is really good news that the MSPs on the Local Government Committee have given their support to the music industry’s campaign for more protection for live music venues across Scotland.

“In their evidence to the committee, both the Music Venue Trust and UK Music highlighted that Scotland had an opportunity to lead the rest of the UK in this area, thanks to the upcoming Planning (Scotland) Bill.

“I hope the Scottish Government will now accept these recommendations and make appropriate changes to the legislation to ensure that the Agent of Change principle is enshrined in law, and not just included in guidance to planning authorities.

“I look forward to continuing to work with music industry campaigners and venue owners to bring about the changes which are needed.”