Eastern Branch

Protecting Music Venues and the "Agent of Change" Principle A Presentation by Kieran Gayler, Sharps Gayler LLP and Alex Mann, Music Venues Trust Thursday 15 March 2018 at 7pm The Weston Homes Community Stadium, United Way, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5UP


Eastern Branch Evening Meeting
Protecting Music Venues and the “Agent of Change” Principle
Presentation By Kieran Gayler, Sharps Gayler LLP and Alex Mann, Music Venues Trust
Thursday 15 March 2018 at 7pm
The Weston Homes Community Stadium, United Way, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5UP


Much has been discussed in the media recently regarding the “Agent of Change” principle. Agent of Change is a term that is used to describe various approaches to controlling the relationship between new built development (typically residential), and extant noise sources, in this case music venues.

Kieran advised Ministry of Sound during their long and very public campaign in respect of a residential development close to the club, and has since advised a number of other famous venues in similar circumstances. He will talk about his experiences, including some discussion on good practice approaches to assessment, the variation in music noise criteria applied to new residential development and the potential solutions available in resolving conflicts.

Alex handles external relations for the Music Venues Trust, a charity which has been very much at the forefront of a campaign to protect, secure and improve Grassroots Music Venues in the UK. Alex will talk about the work of the MVT, with more emphasis on the political and industry angles and some of the history to the Agent of Change campaign.

After brief presentations from Kieran and Alex, it is intended that the evening will include an open discussion with attendees about how we as consultants, EHOs and/or operators can approach similar situations and whether the Agent of Change legislation or policy will really make us approach things in a different way to how we do already. Please be prepared to join in the discussion!

CPD Certificates will be available.                                                                                                       

There is no need to book places for this event.  Please direct any questions about the meeting to Jody Blacklock, Secretary Eastern Branch, Tel. 07850 620304; E-mail: jody.blacklock@createconsultingengineers.co.uk

For all Regional Branch activities please refer to the IOA website at: www.ioa.org.uk 

 Directions to the Weston Homes Community Stadium

Postcode for satnav users is CO4 5UP

Driving From London:

Take the A12 towards Chelmsford off M25 and follow A12 beyond Chelmsford towards Colchester

Do not take any of the early exits off the A12 signed Colchester Central but instead carry on to the new Junction 28 (signposted for the Hospital), which takes you directly into the stadium site.

Having turned off onto the slip road, turn right at the first roundabout. Go across the bridge and then go straight over the second roundabout, before turning right into United Way from the third roundabout. You are now at the stadium.

Driving From Ipswich:

Take the A12 from Ipswich towards Colchester

Turn off at the new Junction 28, signposted for the Hospital

Turn left at the first roundabout. Turn right into United Way from the second roundabout. You are now at the stadium.

Train / Bus:

Take Greater Anglia train to Colchester North Station

First Group buses from North Station to stadium include: No 65

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15 March 2018   through   8:00 PM
The Weston Homes Community Stadium
United Way
Colchester, CO4 5UP

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