THE GOVERNMENT’S National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which includes the agent of change principle, has come into force.
Local authorities are recommended to comply with the NPPF, meaning all planning committees must consider the agent of change when making decisions on applications and in framing their own planning policy.
However, the policy is not obligatory.
Agent of change seeks to protect existing venues from complaints by residents of new housing developments, which can lead to licence sanctions.
It means developers will be responsible for identifying and solving any sound problems and prevent music venues, churches, community and sports clubs from facing potential complaints.
Simon Varcoe from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government tells LIVE UK that if councils decide not to follow the NPPF they must give clear reasons and may be subject to appeal from those affected.