If you haven't been keeping up on Sadiq Khan's politics then it might surprise you to learn that there are lawmakers out there who actually fight for your right to party. This isn't the first time the London Mayor has made it clear that he's a proponent of the city's nightlife industry, and he's announced that he will introduce an agent of change principle into the next London Plan that will prevent venue owners from incurring losses associated with soundproofing.
The principle dictates that the responsibility of soundproofing falls upon developers who build around existing nightclubs and theaters - not on the venues themselves. He's cited the near closure of a movie theater in the West End called Curzon Soho as an example of a historic establishment that would be protected under the new provision.
Sadiq Khan had been an active voice in the recent conversation on London nightclub Fabric, whose owners are currently appealing the Islington Council's decision to revoke its license following the deaths of two 18-year-old attendees (and wracking up substantial donations in the process). While he made it clear that the Fabric decision was outside of his control, he used the opportunity to highlight the plight of the city's nightlife community on numerous occasions.
Read Sadiq Khan's Facebook post about the agent of change principle below:
"I intend to protect venues like the Curzon Mayfair by introducing an 'Agent Of Change' rule into the next London Plan. Developers would be responsible for ensuring their new developments don't threaten the future of existing venues.
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.
I'm very pleased to hear that Westminster Council included this principle when the planning application was first submitted in 2013, and are taking the necessary steps to protect a cinema which makes a significant contribution to the character of the area and is a real cultural gem."