As of April 6, a new government legislation will be implemented, protecting music venues in the UK. The Music Venue Trust took to Facebook on Monday morning with a statement: "Local planning authorities will have to consider noise impacts on new residents from existing businesses under an amended permitted development right. Permitted development rights have been extended in recent years and allow certain developments to take place without the need to go through the full planning system. The new regulations mean developers are now required to seek prior approval on noise impacts before a change of use from an office to residential building can be carried out.
Basically, locals won't be able to change offices to apartments if a music venue is nearby, as developers will now need to work with the local authority and the music venue to ensure that live music is protected. This is a big deal, as London has lost 35% of its grassroots music venues since 2007, like Vibe Bar, Madame JoJo's and The Joiners. The legislation came about following a meeting with Ministers at the Department for Communities and Local Government, alongside Minister for Culture Ed Vaizey MP. The regulations can be read here.