In potentially good news for music venues, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has vowed to protect London's historic buildings from developers with new planning rules.
The Mayor said he is planning to introduce an Agent of Change rule, which mean developers building flats near existing venues will be responsible for soundproofing sites. It comes after more than 25,000 people signed a petition to save Mayfair's historic Curzon cinema from being shut down over a soundproofing dispute.
Khan (pictured) told the Evening Standard: “I intend to protect venues like the Curzon Mayfair by introducing an Agent of Change rule into the next London Plan. That would mean developers building flats near existing venues will need to ensure that residents are not unduly affected by sound from the venue, and that may include paying for soundproofing.”