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When noise annoys: Why the agent of change principle may not be having the expected impact

Words: Sarah Clover

The ‘agent of change’ principle was introduced to the NPPF following campaigns to protect small music venues. But it may not be having the desired impact, says Sarah Clover

The introduction of the ‘agent of change’ principle into the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in 2018 was heralded as a major breakthrough in the protection of music and entertainment venues; but it is questionable whether the celebrations were justified.The policy amendments were welcomed as if they were binding law. But the agent of change principle is policy only and, arguably,........
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