1. ITV Report

Victory for campaigners as Welsh ministers to change planning law to protect live music venues

The Welsh Government says it'll change Welsh planning policy to provide more support for live music venues.

Environment and Rural Affairs Secretary Lesley Griffiths says this will include the 'Agent of Change' principle, something campaigners have called for.

This means that if a new development is proposed near an existing business, like a live music venue, then it will become the developer's responsibility to mitigate potential noise problems.

A similar change was made in England in 2016.

The proposal will also allow the designation of "areas of cultural significance" for music within Local Development Plans.

It follows the popular Save Womanby Street​ campaign, which highlighted the plight of a number of venues in Cardiff.

Live music venues contribute greatly to Wales’ thriving cultural scene and our night time economy.

I am aware of the efforts to protect the future viability of these venues, including the 'Save Womanby Street' campaign, in Cardiff and I would like to pay tribute to the hard work and commitment of all involved.

Although the continued vibrancy of areas like Womanby Street depends on the ongoing participation of a number of different parties, including local authorities, the venues themselves and their customers, I have heard the calls to update our national planning policy to protect live music venues. I am delighted, therefore, to confirm I have asked my officials to start revising Planning Policy Wales at the earliest opportunity.

I am sure this news will be music to the ears of Wales’ live music fans and I hope local planning authorities will have the confidence to apply these measures when considering planning applications.

– Lesley Griffiths AM, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs