Last week we heard that the planning application to build a block of flats next to Clwb Ifor Bach on Womanby Street has been withdrawn.
This was music to the ears of the Save Womanby Street campaign.
Such a development would have been completely unsuitable for Womanby Street, which is a centre for grassroots live music and performance venues.
I have worked and campaigned with the Save Womanby Street campaign from its inception, and brought both Eddie Izzard and Michael Dugher, Chief Executive of UK Music, to Womanby Street to support the campaign to save our precious grassroots venues. With the campaign team, the Musicians Union, Music Venues Trust and thousands of community campaigners the campaign has been a brilliant success.
Earlier in the year the Welsh Government backed calls to change planning policy to include an ‘agent of change’ principle, which would make it the responsibility of developers to adapt to the existing environment (for example with soundproofing), and not allow noise complaints if residential units are built next to existing music venues.
I’m proud that our Welsh Labour Government is leading the way but we won’t stop now. Alongside Shadow Culture Minister and Cardiff West MP Kevin Brennan, and our Labour colleagues across the city, we will continue to make the case for legislaiton across the UK to that developments of this type can’t threaten Womanby Street and other live music venue hubs again.